Apex 2010 Merlot

Columbia Valley, WA; 14.7% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 16 Apr.  No longer there.

This wine at first seemed a little too old, but, showing of full and ripe plum and blackcurrant, like it might air into something good.  However, as it aired, it just became thinner and more acid, not awful, but just less than it probably had been.  After being decanted a couple hours, the fruit came fully forward, becoming soft and fuzzy, and less acid.  Maybe if I had been more patient, the wine would have been pretty good, but it still makes me worry about the second half.

The second half, stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air, was actually quite similar.  It started with very promising full, ripe fruit, but with a sharp acid that never went away.  After a couple hours of being open, the wine again became more soft and fuzzy, but this time it never lost its acid and added some sharp bitterness.  I guess this wine is reasonably drinkable, but it still strikes me as a little too old.

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One thought on “Apex 2010 Merlot

  1. Zoel

    BW – I’d concur with your review, perhaps a tad more generous, maybe 85-87 pts….I had double-decanted, and the air seemed to help. Still, I wouldn’t call it “too old”, but rather perhaps too thin or insufficient fruit, as ’10 Merlot from quality WA acres should be viable and strong at 6 years. Agree, not a raging rebuy, and somewhat disappointing knowing the past quality of the vintner.

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