Merlot – Mountain Brook Vineyards
Wines in North Carolina are typically produced for immediate consumption. Though we certainly know some will cellar well for up to 8-10 years!
So with this 8 year old Merlot, there was naturally some concern. Well rest assured, this wine has held up remarkably well.
Amazingly, this Merlot is very clean, as we observed very little settlement when decanting.
Decanted for 60 minutes and it really opened up on the nose!
Deep ruby in color.
Medium nose of red plum, cherry, fennel, and cedar, caramel, and charred wood.
Medium body, medium acidity, with medium-light tannins.
Medium flavor profile of red plum, red cherry, dried cranberry, softening mid-palate with hints of caramel, mocha, and black licorice.
Medium short finish reminiscent of a Tootsie Roll and a Werther’s Original Caramel Hard Candy.
This 2013 North Carolina Merlot is still drinking very well considering it’s age.
We consider this vintage will gracefully age for an additional two or three years if properly cellared. Therefore, if still available at the winery, we’d continue to recommend picking up a bottle.
$28 per bottle.
We opened this bottle as a special Mother’s Day treat and it most certainly did not disappoint!