Marquis Philips Merlot 2008
"The 2008 Merlot will go a long way toward repairing the grape’s reputation as a libido killer. Purple-colored, it sports an enticing bouquet of cedar, black cherry, plum, and violets. Full-bodied, layered, and succulent on the palate, this ripe effort is well balanced despite its size, and has a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Drink it over the next 5 years...90" WA 12/09
This was a nice bottle of wine that I found in my cellar, having forgotten when or where I bought it. It was a pleasant surprise, warm and fruity and excellent with spicy food. My wife liked it so now I need to go find more.
Spicy aromas leap from the glass at first pouring, showing a dense concentration of dark fruits, including plumb and dark berries creating a liqueur-like center surrounded by hints of floral, earth and vegetable fragrances. The richly layered aromas intermingle with wafts of pepper and beets as the wine airs. The palate opens with thick, chewy, spicy black fruits and dark chocolate, laced with peppery vegetal flavors of beets and cream of tomato soup. Firm tannins support the heavy fruit and give grip to the mouthfeel. Warm, earthy, and fruit-filled, with an easy, silky, salivating finish. The wine doesn’t evolve much over three hours, but it doesn’t lose ground either. It keeps its zing, and is a great value.
Rich earthy Red. This is a wine that makes you want to drink it everyday. Perfect with a smooth buttery cheese. Perfect Red to keep on hand.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Marquis Philips Merlot
The sexy, plump, seductive, medium-bodied 2003 Merlot offers aromas and flavors of mocha, bay leaves, and berry fruit in a soft, supple-textured style. Drink it over the next 1ndash;3 years.
Merlot is a tough varietal to harness in Australia, and much of it is vegetal and unattractive. However, Marquis Philipsrsquo; 2004 Merlot is a tasty, dark ruby-hued example with sweet white chocolate characteristics intermixed with notions of road tar, black cherries, and currants. Supple-textured, medium-bodied, and luscious, it can be enjoyed over the next 2ndash;3 years.
The 2002 Merlot, which was aged in used French and American oak (40% of the former and 60% of the latter), exhibits a dark plum/ruby color, a big, fleshy texture, and a sweet nose of roasted coffee, mocha, thyme, and cola-infused black cherry/plum-like fruit. It is a plush, corpulent Merlot to drink over the next 3ndash;4 years.
There is an ocean of insipid Merlot in the marketplace, but Marquis Philiprsquo;s $15 Merlot is as good as most $50ndash;60 California Merlots. The 2005 (100% Merlot aged in new and one year old American and French oak for 12 months) displays a deep ruby/purple color along with plenty of mocha, cocoa, and sweet cherries, a lush texture, and real opulence as well as flesh. Drink it over the next 2ndash;3 years.
Crisp and vivid, with juicy blackberry and currant fruit at the center, aromatic with earth and herbs that carry over into the fine grained, minerally finish. An Aussie Merlot with real character. Drink now through 2008.
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Rich in texture and flavor, with minty, creamy, vanilla and spice notes weaving through the basic black cherry fruit, echoing nicely on the fuzzy-grained finish. Drink now through 2004.