Friday, April 23, 2010

Santa Carolina 2005 Barrica Selection Merlot (Chile)

I have been looking forward to this bottle for a couple of days, ever since I found it.  So tonight was the night.  The first sniff was quite a shy one, with very little in the way of aromas emanating from the glass.  It took some time but finally it gave something up, namely mint and spice.  The palate proved just as hard to read right from the get go, but after an hour it became apparent what I was dealing with.  There was some black fruit dying to come out on the palate, especially on the forefront, but it kept getting overshadowed by the spicy finish of this wine, and the fruit never fully came to fruition.