Saturday, April 28, 2012

Review: ***+ $$ Bruce Waye Winery Ella's Blend Red Wine, Napa, California, 2006 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Sometimes the "kitchen sink" blends knit various varietals together in the nicest-possible way.  Let's see if that happens here, with this combination of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, syrah, malbec and peitite sirah.

Original tasting and review : This is Bruce Waye Winery Ella's Blend Red Wine, Napa, California, 2006, finished at 14.8% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep magenta throughout. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows shy and lightly funky classic Napa fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep, perhaps taut too.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a full-throttled combination of rugged fruit and solid tannins, with dark and dry extracted blackberry more than holding up to the high alcohol level.  A solid, balanced, bold dry red offering, with less fruit than you might have expected from the grape combination. 

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its appealing, tough Bordeaux-like austerity.  Makes this a good value.

Following long decant, full day in decanter:  Very shy but clean nose.  The fruit has softened and broadened considerably on the palate, lush and layered now, with firm but soft tannin support.  Big, bold, but balanced and poised. 

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