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2011 Pemberton WA

I really enjoy a good Merlot and by good I mean, dusty rich red fruit,
plum and herbs wrapped around soft dry tannins.

Not that over ripe sweet mass-produced red wine that most of us drink bottle after bottle with great glee around the BBQ at the weekend.

Now please donít take me out of context here there is nothing wrong with sweet over ripe Merlot.

But for me Merlot is much more than the one-dimensional sweet fruit juice that attracts the early red wine drinker.

AND that is what we have here a good Merlot a dark red wine that has rich dark plumb with a little oak on the nose.

In the mouth I found ripe fruit mid palate with dry tannins, from the well-integrated oak
just there in the background offering support and not dominating.

This wine is for me is a good example of what I enjoy about Merlot.
Offering some complexity in a medium weight wine with ripe fruit (Not over sweet)
a hint of toasted oak on the lingering finish,
good acid with lovely tannins this wine is very drinkable.

Conclusion: The next time you have a Merlot try a bottle of Truffle Hill
with a char grilled lamb chop and mash potatoes and roast pumpkin skin on.
And you might just fall in love with how Merlot should taste.

Warning: France is the home of outstanding Merlot.
Having said that DONíT buy a cheep French Merlot it may just rip your throat out,
and it would be better used to put the BBQ out rather than risk drinking it.

Michael Lillis I love my food and wine