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Snooth User: diggeral

California Merlot

Posted by diggeral, Jan 13, 2010.

Does anyone out there have an opinion on wether its worth aging Cal Merlots and if so what is the time window

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Reply by amour, Jan 13, 2010.

RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY MERLOT.......very spicy and fresh....can be aged 3-5 years.

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Reply by diggeral, Jan 13, 2010.

Sounds like an interesting wine I assume that's 3To 5 f rom the vintage date I''ll see if I can find a well kept bottle of 2005-2007

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Reply by amour, Jan 13, 2010.

Basically, MERLOT matures more quickly than CABERNET SAUVIGNON, to which it is closely related....its cousin.

The aging profile is similar but different.

The highest quality MERLOTS can be sometimes aged to expect great results for 5 to 12 years.

The lower quality 3-4 years...I WOULD SAY EVEN 5...but at the most 5.

The cheap MERLOT is, as I understand it, to be consumed in the short term....within a year and of course immediately...and can be quite pleasant too !

CHEERS!!

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Reply by amour, Jan 13, 2010.

DOES ANY KNOW BETER???

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Reply by diggeral, Jan 13, 2010.

Thanks I usually buy the middle grades . P .S. My mom told me not too call anything cheap just less expensive

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Reply by rar8888, Jan 13, 2010.

Many high end old world wines made for aging are merlot based (Bordeaux) but in general new world merlots are made for more immediate consumption. There are exceptions to this rule but expect to pay $50 or more for most California merlot that is truly age worthy.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 13, 2010.

I would say 3 to 5 years from release date, though many can go for twice that. I don't see many new world Merlots improving beyond that, and even an old wine drinker like myself sees the appeal in the youthful fruit of Merlot.

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Reply by amour, Mar 2, 2010.

Has  any  one  had  an  aged  Merlot  recently?

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Reply by UWSNapaLover, Mar 2, 2010.

amour- what about a Cali wine that is 90% merlot??  I just picked up a few of these: http://store.nexternal.com/shared/StoreFront/default.asp?CS=burgess&StoreType=BtoC&Count1=869365870&Count2=786506295&CategoryID=15&Target=products.asp

 


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