Friday, April 30, 2010

Hudson Chatham 2007 Merlot - Reserve


2007 - A banner year in the Hudson Valley. I once again find myself drinking a wine with a little disappointment.

At first when we opened this bottle there were a lot of tannins. The wine was earthy with a nose of Anise and spice.  My first sip can be described in 5 words - Dr. Browns Black Cherry Soda and spice on the finish. The wine was thin for a Merlot but had good color.

Paul decided to decant the wine to minimize those tannins.  What we didn't expect was for the wine to lose it's fruit and pepper on the finish.  Should we have put the wine in the decanter, most likely not, but we did and learned a lesson.  Should have left it in the bottle and let it open in that manner.  Oh well.
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