Shinn Estate Vineyards gets a lot of well-deserved attention for their Estate Merlot.
That's why I came away from my tasting of the Shinn Estate Vineyards 2007 Estate Merlot ($25) a bit disappointed. I expected ripe -- this is 2007 we're talking about -- but as much as I enjoyed Rebellion, this wine's wild fermented sibling, I wasn't quite as into this one.
The nose brings big blackberry and black plum aromas with toasty vanilla, nice coffee and spice notes, as well as hints of lavender.
Medium-to-full bodied and plush on the palate, there is a dense core or rich dark fruit on the attack, with a lengthy coffee note on the finish. But in between, the wine is a little oaky with toasty vanilla and a light bacony edge.
It's soft on the palate and could use a bit more structure (either acidity or tannin) as well.
It's also worth mentioning that the same 14.7% ABV that is balanced so well in the 2007 Cabernet Franc, peeks through here with a bit of heat after the coffee flavors fade at the end.
Producer: Shinn Estate Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Rating: (2.5 out of 5 | Average-to-Very Good)