Monday, August 10, 2009

Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Lindemans Bin 40 Merlot 2007

Looking for great buys in wine? Just look to Australia. Don't know what's going on Down Under but right now some of the best buys for wine are Australian.
The Lindeman's Merlot 2007 was recommended by a friend this past week-end. Our wine taste profiles are about 180 deg. apart, so I was a little hesitant, but he hit this one right on the nail.

Tasting notes:
Colour: A bright crimson red colour moving towards plum, with distinct pinkish edges.
Nose: The generous nose is built on a core of ripe, sweet fruits with distinctly savoury elements of leaf and spice. Subtle oak characters add depth and complexity to an otherwise fruit driven nose.
Palate: A medium bodied palate is defined by abundantly ripe plum fruit, a touch of earth and trademark Merlot spice. The wine is smooth and supple, very much in the keeping with the modern style of Merlot. Silky smooth tannins provide structure, aided by the slightest hint of oak on the finish.

My notes:
I'm not finding the same color they did. Mine is almost a dark plum purple. No pink edges, which I did not expect with a young wine.

The Aromas are sweet and spicy. The aromas were more Beaujolais like than Merlot, but the fruitiness was more subtle.

This wine won me over on the Palate. Nice plum, dry earth and yes, this is a real nice Merlot.
Very light on the Merlot spiciness and very smooth. The finish was excellent.

Pair this with chocolate, tiramisu or a heavy Italian red sauce pasta. I'm having it right now with chocolate ice cream and loving it. My friend Shelly is really going to like this, only $7, so

take it from an amateur wine lover.....Great Buy!


The Wine Whore said...

This is a great go to bottle of wine! Can't beat the cost and VERY easy to find just about anywhere!

Looking forward to our Wine Time!

Hope you are having a great wine weekend! :)


The Wino said...

Lindemans has been one of my favorites for a while. I believe its the cab I like the best, but might have to check out the Merlot. Hope you topped your ice cream with some orange olive oil and sea salt!