Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Robert Mondavi Napa Valley 2012 Merlot (revisited)

October is Merlot Month!

Robert Mondavi Napa Valley 2012 Merlot (revisited), $19.99-$23.99, 89 points, poured, smelled, and tasted slightly different after only one year, but all for the good.
Color was more burgundy trending blood-red toward the clear wine ring and leggy glass wall.
Aromas were herbal with toasty plum, clove, cedar, and a floral component.
More than medium-bodied with good acidity and appropriately supportive tannin which managed flavors reflective of the aromas with hints of chocolate and mulberry.
Finished well on the trailing palate with a hot spice inspirited by a potent 15% alcohol.
Varietals were 78% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah, 1% Malbec, and 1% Petit Verdot.

Paired nicely with my roasted red pepper/onion and sweet sausage sub.


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