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Old 03-24-2005, 02:04 PM   #1
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Redwood Creek Merlot (2003)

I serched high and low for wdj's recommendation of Red Diamond Merlot but couldn't find it. I believe it's a Washington vintner and like wdj said, it's relatively new to retail and might not have made it east of the Mississippi yet. So, I stuck with the Merlot idea and bought a 750ml bottle of Redwood Creek Merlot vintage 2003 this morning for $7.99. Holy $#*%! The first sip was like a backhand across the face. The initial flavor is very powerful but subsides quickly and tastes pretty good. Then I decided to do some research. It appears that many Northern California reds from the 2003 year are on a "hold" status, although I couldn't find anything specific to Merlot. Too late for this bottle, tho. It's a bit strong for my tastes but I'll finish off the bottle anyway!

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Old 03-24-2005, 03:55 PM   #2
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Could be that you drank it a bit young, before the tannins mellowed out.

Also, did you let the wine breath for awhile? You may be surprised at how different a red tastes when you let it breathe for a half hour or so before drinking.

Red Diamond is available east of the Miss. -- they sell it in my supermarket and at the liquor store.
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Old 03-24-2005, 04:25 PM   #3
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Yeah, the tannins definitely need to mellow. Proves that it's better to do a bit of research BEFORE one buys a bottle of wine instead of randomly yanking one off the shelf! *smacking forehead*
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Old 03-24-2005, 04:37 PM   #4
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If you still have some, pour a glass and take a sip. Then let the glass sit for 1/2 hour and taste again. Should taste different.

If you really dont like it, portion it and freeze it to cook with.

And don't smack yourself You need to taste a wine to know whether you'll like it or not. I posted something about this in another thread on Shiraz.
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