Saturday, March 2, 2013

Review: $$ ***+ Ravenswood Merlot, Sonoma County, California, 2002 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Ravenswood of Sonoma is almost synonymous with zinfandel.  But today we'll sample a merlot; not any Ravenswood merlot, but one that has been cellared til it is now over a decade from its vintage date!
Original tasting and review : This is Ravenswood Merlot, Sonoma County, California, 2002, finished at 14.% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep dark mahogany, showing brick at the very edge, but opaque from about a quarter inch in.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows deep prunes and black cherry.  From the aroma, seems like this will be thick, still rich and fruity.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet but sleek black cherry, with still-bright acids along with the fully-tamed tannins.  The age brings maturity, but not senility.  There is still liveliness and spry.  The finish slowly spreads up into your cheeks, bringing a surprisingly little acid "bite" a full minute after you think the sip has finished.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a great big plus for size and longevity on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Good value.  And remarkable ager!

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Ravenswood Merlot.

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