Friday, June 19, 2009
Blackstone Winery 2004 Merlot (California)
Blackstone wines to me have always looked cheap. I think it has something to do with the plain brown-stone look label and minimalist graphics. There is good news for Blackstone though, minimalist is back in style. The newest "redesign" to many labels seem to have clean lines and a minimum of colour - going back to black and white, line drawings and a splash of colour. For as long as I can remember Blackstone has kept the same basic premise to their label - so as the old saying goes, "everything old is new again" or is it "if you wait long enough everything comes back into fashion", they both seem to fit. There's more good news here, behind that boring exterior lies wines that deliver quality and taste. I would have to say that some of the new Blackstone wines I have tried have really do deliver in the flavour department (check out this report for my "Run out and Buy" wine). Now this wine harks back a few years, but it still delivers with lots of great black cherry and blackberry fruit along with chocolate notes that run all the way through it. Very tasty. Tannins were almost negligable so it's a good time to be drinking this wine.