Saturday, March 29, 2014

Whitehall Lane (Bommarito) St. Helena Napa Valley 2011 Merlot

Whitehall Lane (Bommarito) St. Helena Napa Valley 2011 Merlot, $11.04-$26.99, 83 points, appeared very much like Welch's Concord Grape Juice: purple with just a shade of red with a clear rim, but oddly enough had the same smell as well.
This was another wine I had high hopes for; sadly the lovely smooth texture was not enough to elevate the flavors of petrol, black licorice, and yes, Concord grape-likeness to a level of the other Whitehall lane Merlots I've tasted.
The near medium body with a lackluster acidity, mild tannin, and just a too grape-like flavor brought back memories of Sideways.
Finished a bit flat and flabby for me, and even the 14.2% alcohol seemed lackluster.


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  1. Oh no, this sounds did you give it 83?
    I'm thinking this is probably just a bad bottle. Did you buy a second one?

    1. Has a twist-off, but I have an older vintage somewhere! All other W-halls have been very good, and that's why I said I had high hopes for that one.