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10 December 2005

Eniw Gnitsat

I became impatient waiting for my decongestant to take effect.  Plus I was hungry, so I decided to taste this South African Meritage backwards.  Behold the reversed tasting note.

Food pairing: Spicy thin crust pizza - There was not enough acidity to compliment the food.  Something less spicy would work better - perhaps roasted meat or a beef stew would work better.

Glencarlou*** (3 stars out of 5)

  • A hybrid of new world fruit and old school earth.  Ripe red plums, black cherry and vanilla to start; giving way to smoke, earth and leather. Gentle, rounded tannins come into play in the mid-palate. I enjoyed the flavor but the finish was slightly flabby - a bit alcoholic without enough acidity
  • Scents of sweet spice, Blackberries and blackcurrants; coupled to smoke and leather notes
  • Black cherry-red fading to ruby red and a distinct caramel-garnet rim
  • 14.5% alcohol
  • 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Verdot
  • From the Paarl region of South Africa

Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2002 Meritage ($16)
The Skinny

Sipping before sniffing is an odd experience (especially if you, like me, have a very specific tasting ritual).  Upon taking my first sip, I did not expect to enjoy the wine.  After the food, I spent more time tasting & sniffing.  This extra face time greatly improved my opinion of Carlou's Meritage (pronounced mer-it-age, not mer-it-azhh)

I don't recommend tasting before sniffing.  It's discombobulating.


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