Friday, February 17, 2006

Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexander Merlot 2004 Wine Review (NW)

Berries and earth bouquet
Nice fruit core on the palate, a lot of layers unfold
Very dry finish for Merlot

If you want to broaden your view of Merlot, try this wine. This, and many others from South America and places like Washington State and Northern Italy will surely redefine your view of Merlot. If you think of Merlot as the simple, sweet restaurant by-the-glass default, you're missing out. Move past those wines, and discover Merlot such as this Cuvee Alexander. It has heft and real, elegant wine qualities. What gets my attention is that it's slightly dryer and more earthy than what I expect from Merlot. This is a very nice wine for $19 and it has educated my palate. Raise a glass!

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