Produced & Bottled by Laurier Vineyards
Purchased: Albany OR 10-25-2014
After all the talk of Merlot the other day, when I was at G.O. today I picked this one up. It is from Alexander Valley, one of our favorite AVA’s and a multiple award winner. I was hopeful as it seemed to have loads of potential.
When we got home, I did a bit of research and found that this label is another of the Bronco wines.
Color is beautiful. No visible bricking. Elegant, blackberry fruit nose.
We were going to have it with dinner but upon opening, the wine was so closed. I tried aerating but that didn’t help. I could taste black pepper, grass and green pepper; no discernible fruit in the initial tasting. There was also an odd chemical aftertaste. So I left it on the counter, in the glasses, to see if it would open up later. I admit to being surprised that a 2011 was still so incredibly closed.
Later this evening I tasted the wine again. It had opened up a bit. I could taste blackberry, raspberry, plum, green pepper (I wasn’t so happy about the prevalence of that) and black pepper. There is a sour candy aftertaste that replaced the chemical aftertaste from earlier. Body is medium and I didn’t find it to have the lengthy finish that they mentioned in the website.
We finally ended up opening something else to enjoy for the evening and won’t be finishing this one. Given the fact that we have many different wines from this AVA, we couldn’t have been more surprised.
While this wine is not to my taste at all and hits several of my least favorite wine tasting options, I don’t know that everyone would feel this way. I am super sensitive to so many odd chemical tastes. With that in mind, I’m not giving it a thumbs down, more like a drinkable borderline thumbs down depending on personal taste; but I am hoping everyone will read the description before buying to know where it falls for them.
Perhaps it would open up further on day 2 or 3…it seems like a slow opener.