2005 Pine Ridge Carneros Merlot

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Our long time friend Pete came into town for a sales event with his employer.  The meetings were held Thursday through Saturday and he was leaving for home on Sunday.  He came in a day early so he could hang out with Chris and I.  We had dinner at one of our local favorite go-to restaurants; T-Box.  Pete decided to spend the night because he was going to provide some sales training for Chris and her staff early the following day.

Pete is a fan of wine just like us and just like me, he likes the older wines that have complex flavors.  Before we had dinner I shared a glass of wine so we could have a chance to visit and get caught up.  Wandering through my cellar I came across a bottle of a 2005 Pine Ridge Carneros Merlot.

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I had a bit of trouble pulling to cork and half way through, it broke!  About a quarter of the cork remained in the neck that I was forced to push it in the bottle.  I used my Vinoair to help decant and to avoid any small pieces of cork getting into our glass.

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Sight
The Carneros Merlot was deep with a nice garnet to bricky hue.

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Smell
The initial aromas were moderate to aromatic before I swirled my glass and the Merlot smelled slightly middle-aged.  I noted oak, caramel, toast, blueberry, and dark berries.

Taste
This wine was dry and full-bodied.  The acidity was lively, not flabby and the tannins were medium and soft.  I could taste slight cocoa, cherry, and caramel.  It was very flavorful and silky with a medium to long finish.

abv: 13%

How much: $45 before any wine club discounts.

I rated the 2005 Pine Ridge Carneros Merlot three glasses.

 

In Vino Veritas!

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