Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"Indian Wells" Merlot Chateau Ste. Michelle 2008

This was about 11$ at Costco, although it's available a lot of other places. This wine was a "punt," because the bottle of Brouilly from Lapalu that I opened was lightly carbonated. I've had it a few times before, including over Christmas this year. That's why I picked up a bottle--because it was pretty good. Blackberries, gingerbread, coffee and soy sauce. Lush and ripe, with some tannins sneaking in on the end of the long finish. Although I don't always like fruit bombs, I do enjoy them, provided that they are 1. inexpensive (ie not $50 for shitty Napa Cab), and 2. they maintain their balance and don't become oaky caracitures of real wine. This is definitely a fruit bomb, but one that is tastefully done, cheap, and manages to not become over-extracted or bulky, but in fact, retains its' balance. Well worth picking up for the price and availability, I think. A- 

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