Sunday, November 2, 2014

Jason-Stephens Estate Merlot

Jason-Stephens Estate Merlot 2010
Santa Clara, California
jstephens.com

Berries and spice and everything nice! This Merlot from boutique Santa Clara Valley (aka: Silicon Valley) producer Jason-Stephens delivers on all fronts.

Review: This Merlot is exactly what I want Merlot to be. It has aromas of grilled figs, black plums, and a touch of menthol and herbs. The full flavors of ripe, juicy black fruit and black pepper linger on the palate. This wine achieves a wonderful balance of bright acidity and the tiniest touch of sweetness, all on a canvas of resolved, silky smooth tannins. Yum! 

Food Pairing: The slight sweetness and smoke make this a perfect pair for a spicy jambalaya. 

Bottom Line: A delight. Perfect on this cold November night.  

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Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2010
  • PLACE: Santa Clara Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area)
  • GRAPE: Merlot
  • BOOZE: 15.2% 
  • CELLAR: Drink now through 2018
  • www.jstephens.com
Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? High Priced

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