Sunday, March 10, 2013

Medolla Merlot 2003 - A Look Back (NY)

Recently we drank a wine I have fond memories of….Medolla Merlot 2003. I hadn’t tried the wine since I first tried is last was when I last reviewed it in December of 2009.

I wrote then: “John and his wife Denise, and their family made a strategic decision. They were going to make one wine, and they were going to make it well. That wine, in Long Island, was merlot. They make it painstakingly, and they make it well. Their saying? "Merlot - That's what we do." And boy, do they do it well. And I'm not the first to be drawn to Medolla. The Wine Spectator gave their 2002 Merlot an 88. Howard G. Goldberg practically wrote the winery a love letter in the New York Times when he reviewed the wine. The Long Island Wine Press also sang their praises.”

Back when I wrote about the wine, back in 2009, I wrote, “This is a medium bodied wine. It's dark, earthy, and chewy. Nice fruit flavors up front. Plum, blackberry, and dried cherry. A touch of toffee? A nice, smooth, dry finish. A fabulous dry, red wine. A great, great food wine, which is what it was meant to be. Great pasta, steak, pizza, or portobello mushrooms - everything from mundane to gourmet. It's the kind of wine you can entertain friends and family with - and impress them. A fabulous find. A nice wine.”

We thought this might be a good time to try this wine again. The vintage is now ten years old, and it seemed like a good idea.

We had this wine with a plate of pasta.

The wine had stayed very consistent. It was still dark, earthy, and chewy. The dried cherry was much more prominent, there was a touch of cassis and still some blackberry. There was a hint of mocha. And still, a very nice smooth finish. Ten years from the vintage, and still going strong. Very nice.

Here’s the previous review: