Monthly Archives: January 2005

Quick Swirl: Casa Julia Merlot 2003 $10 (PB)

This is just another success from the growingly reliable country of Chile. This Merlot is a pretty ruby in the glass with a youthful tinge of purple passion. The bouquet is light at first with green peppers and peppery spice opening up with some air in twenty minutes or so with fuller aromas of berries.…

Quick Swirl: Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2001 (NW)

Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2001: Berries on the nose Dark chocolate and toasty oak on the palate Silky finish This is an exceptional wine. It is dark and rich, nothing like a California Merlot. With all the richness, it also has a Bordeaux-like elegance. The silky finish says Merlot, but the wine is powerful.…

Quick Swirl: Finca El Portillo Merlot (PB)

Finca El Portillo Merlot 2002 $7 This Argentinian from Bodegas Salentein has an inky nose that reminds me of popcorn–not your typical wine review adjective but that’s what it smells like okay? On the swirl it has a large bouquet that reminds me more of Shiraz than Merlot. The bold tannins give way to a…

Quick Swirl: Cline Red Truck 2002 (NW)

Cline Red Truck 2002: Overwhelming blueberry on the nose A smooth chocolate flavor on the palate with a touch of blackberry, cherry, and mint Very smooth finish and tannins This is a nice, smooth wine with some interesting qualities. The label says it’s a blend of mourvedre, syrah, merlot, and pinot noir. I enjoy seeing…