Original tasting and review : This is pretty unusual. It is our first tasting of Palmer Select Reserve Red Wine, but it is with a 17-year-old bottle. The full name is Palmer Select Reserve Red Table Wine, North Fork, Long Island, NY, 1998, sampled in February, 2015. It is a blend of 71% cabernet sauvignon, 26% cabernet franc and 3% merlot.
In the glass: Medium to light brick red.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep red fruit, some friendly but notable funk. From the aroma, seems like this will be still fresh and deeply veined.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing classic, dry Long Island fruit, but nicely suited up with tannins, acids and deep maroon fruit. Finish lingers with slowly subsiding fruit, acids that slowly build into your cheeks and a desire for another sip.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for longevity and depth on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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