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May 10, 2006

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Nice rebuttal. I was surprised that in an article about fighting Merlot’s bad rap, he didn’t mention the LIMA.

Lenn,

I could'nt agree with you more!

Merlot has certainly gotten a bad rap lately.

The over oaked high alcohol versions have turned people off!

I think the more balanced fruit driven merlots of Long Island are wonderful.

Lenn,
I loved your line about many Merlots being "bland, boring, and uninspired", I think it sums up most of the poor ones. Although the overoaked Merlots have also added to the wines bad reputation.

As summer approaches, I think some of the LI Merlots will be a tasty quaff. I need to do some tasting and find a couple house wines.

Sorry. I was bad and could not ignore the person who made the comment about Merlot being a blending grape. I suggested that person come to Walla Walla, Washington and taste our Merlots as they will pair quite nicely with the crow they will eat.

Lenn - Great post. Great Merlot, but not in California? I would beg to differ! Check out a podcast that we recently posted on the whole topic of Merlot from all over the World (not just CA). This was given by Swanson Vineyards, and we posted about 50% of the content from this highly informative perspective on Merlot.
http://www.gngnb.com/?p=69 I'd be interested to know what you think of hte lecture.

- Joe


Amazing what a line in a movie can do! It shows you how little people are able to trust their own taste buds and instead feel the need to rely on mass media to make their decisions...anyway - you know I couldn't resist throwing my 2 cents in here.. Allow me to remind everyone of all the absolutely terrible, banal, poorly made Pinot Noir out there in the world, not to mention the millions of gallons of boring, prosaic Chardonnay....there are lots of examples of all different varieties - Lets not just harp on varieties alone if that were the case we better get on the phone right now and tell M. Mouiex to pull out all his vines! Instead talk about producers, regions and microclimate - things that can all add up to either success or utter failure. There are good and bad examples of all these varieties made in the world. The best part is finding the great producers and seeing what they can do and how they stand apart.

With regard to the labeling of the merlot as a "blending grape" - ALL of the Bordeaux varieties are historically "blending varieties" Don't think I know of any 100% varietal wines made in the region.

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