Saturday, January 3, 2009

Paoletti Winery 1999 Merlot (California)

Not often are you going to find a Merlot of this quality and this age on the shelf for twelve-bucks, but find it I did. This was the last bottle of wine I was to enjoy in Michigan, and one of the ones I had been looking forward to most, with a bit of trepidation, apprehension and excitement. Thankfully my excitable parts were not disappointed. The nose was loaded with fruit: blueberry and blackberry, along with other great smells: smoked meat, licorice and spice. The flavours in the glass also didn’t disappoint and proved to be even more complex then expected. At first they seemed simplistic with cassis and blackberry, then a smoky character emerged. A little later in the sipping of this wine the entry turned chocolaty before going spicy and smoky then ending with that spiced smoked meat found on the nose on the finish. Very nice - went well with the last supper of broasted chicken and bbq’ed ribs

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