Happy Friday! I tell you, owning an older home can be a daunting experience...one moment you're contemplating what wine to have with dinner and the next your in a pit trying to turn off the water to the sprinkler system as the front zone won't turn off! It's probably just something stuck in a valve, but I'll leave that to the sprinkler guy! In the meantime, I've decided to get a late start to Merlot month and have opened up a bottle of 2011 Helix Columbia Valley Merlot, so let's see if my evening begins to improve!
This wine is a blend of Merlot (97%) and Cabernet Franc (3%) from the Bacchus, Stillwater Creek and Weinbau Vineyards. The wine is a lovely deep ruby color in the glass, classic Merlot. The nose presents aromas of black raspberry, cherry and black currant, with just a hint of leather and Asian spice. The taste is a blast of ripe black fruit up front, black cherry, plum and black raspberry that transition subtly to notes of cherry cola and a hint of dusty limestone midpalate. The finish is quite nice, with dusty tannins supporting a long, smooth and very dry finish with an embedded reprise of ripe fruit at the end.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's really a pleasant example of the varietal and at an attractive price (this one was just $28 before wine club discount. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with tacos of all things! It just goes to show that a nice Merlot can be incredibly versatile with food, from prime steaks to the lowly taco. Cheers!