Monday, July 9, 2012
2009 Revelry Merlot
I can't disagree with the winemaker (or whoever wrote the label descriptor) for the 2009 Revelry Vintners Merlot, Columbia Valley. Whoever it was absolutely nailed it with descriptors of blueberry, cherry spice, cocoa and subtle oak. Medium-bodied with that tell-tale "hollow" mid-palate aspect that generally afflicts Merlot. Turns a bit green on the finish. But overall, I really like this for about $15 and it was quite nice with a grilled tri-tip. I'm very appreciative of the fact that the American oak doesn't in any way intrude on the fruit with any off-flavors of Bourbon or dill. Moderate tannins, but don't age this. Pop a cork and enjoy now!