*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery.
We’re heading towards the end of chilly weather and I’m in that in between stage of hankering for reds and yearning for light summer whites. However, I’m still sticking with the reds for the time-being. Tonight we headed to New York via the wine, grabbing the 2005 Macari Estate Merlot from the basement. The wine has a real cork closure, clocks in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and the current vintage retails for $21.
Four takeaways from this wine:
1.) I’ve really enjoyed the last several wines I’ve had from New York State.
2.) I think the Wine Blogger Conference should consider Long Island as a future conference site.
3.) This wine had one of those noses where I just kept my nose buried in my glass.
4.) Macari has consistently impressed me since I first tasted their wines.
On the nose I got pepper, strawberry, black plum, earth, eucalyptus, forest floor, herbs, cherry, and Christmas tree. In the mouth I found raspberry, black fruit, pepper, and spice. Good tannins and juicy fruit, combined with a fabulous nose made for an all around lovely wine.