'97 Matanzas Creek Merlot
Lovely ruby garnet color, this wine was decanted for less than one hour and allowed to fully flower during a long Christmas Eve dinner.With a very promising nose loaded with a cornucopia of dark fruits, I spent minutes inhaling this wine before experiencing a modest mouthfeel for this varietal, and a strong cast of black currant, blackberry, and black cherry, supported by a framework of well balanced acids and gentle tannins. A soft landing with a fruitful encore and more tannin. Not plummy or jammy as many merlots, this was vibrant and will be good for several years into the future. Every bit of 92, a happy night as the snow falls over my lands.
Thanks for the TN's...after sooooo many Cabs I'm looking for something different that still has some excitement to it. I loved the Ch. Soverain Merlot but it is so fruit forward I doubt it'll last very long. I'm holding some '97 Joseph Phelps Merlot, along w/some other '97's in hopes that they'll deliver when called upon.
Merry Christmas from the Bluegrass State!
...hey, chief - you gonna finish that bottle?
Matanzas Creek has been a favorite of ours for a number of years. I've been told by several forum members that it's gone downhill since the '97 vintage.
Just one more sip.
Opened over the weekend, finished a day later.
If you have some of this, you may be in for a treat.
In reading the notes from rbond444, this one wasn't much different, even ten years later. Huge masses of fruit, beautiful juicy acidity, and some tannins remain. I got a little bit of cardamom and black pepper (much more subtle than zinfandel pepper) on the finish. Just lovely/beautiful really, I wish I had another bottle of this. 95pts, the bottle I opened would have gone another five years with no problem.
Sole winner in "Perfect Wolfing in Pizza and Cap'n Crunch award" 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2012. Runner up for 2013 and 2014.
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