Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Review: ***+ $$ Adeline Howell Mountain Merlot, Napa Valley, California, 2008

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Original tasting and review, October, 2013: This is Adeline Howell Mountain Merlot, Napa Valley, California, 2008, finished at 14.7% alcohol.


In the glass: Medium magenta.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows robust, inky, purple elements.  From the aroma, seems like this will be soft and layered with bold aromatics.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full and dry inky, with purple robes and sleek finishes.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for sophisticated styling on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Updated review, a year and a half later, now seven years from vintage date, April, 2015:   Still full, deep fruit aromatics.  The palate brings dry robes of purple with solid grainy tannins.  Same rating and a suggestion that this will hold well for years to come!
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Inspired by this wine, September, 2015:  Four erstwhile graduates contemplating their future.  One lights a cigar. 

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