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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

2000 Galleron Jaeger Vineyard Merlot

Gary Galleron is one of the best in the business and has quite an impressive resume as a winemaker. His wines that I have frequented are a testament to the skills and artistry he has been able to develop over the years. This single vineyard Merlot from Napa has a beautiful full ruby red color and with just slight color thinning towards the very edges of the glass. The nose is a beautiful bouquet of black cherry, tar, dark chocolate, and tea leaf. The nose actually reminds me quite a bit of the big Piedmonte red wines with it's sexiness and purity. On the palate the wine exudes flavors of tart cherry, anise, leaf tobacco, and cedar. The finish is a bit disjointed where the wood treatment reveals itself and somewhat complicates the wine. This wine would benefit from a good decanting and a nice Italian cuisine where I feel the acid would work well with hard cheeses such as Parmesan. The wine interests me because of the firm structure in a somewhat shabby vintage like 2000. I score the wine 88 points


Update: After about 30 min. of being in the glass this wine really opens up to be something special. The nose is erupting with the most beautiful and intoxicating aromas. The Tea leaf aspect is really showing itself with pure intensity. The wine has softened up on the palate and the finish is a lot smoother. I now am going to bump up my score to 93 points.

 
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