181 Merlot 2008 Wine Review

181 Merlot 2008
181 Merlot 2008
181 Merlot 2008
Lodi, California, United States
Community Score: 4.3/5
Community Reviews: 4
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Product #: 226530
BC Product #: 118265

Price: $16.95
Alcohol: 13.5%
Drink: 2009-2015
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Bottle size: 750 ml
Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: 181
Agent: Select Wine Merchants Inc.
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August 3, June 18, March 5 and February 26.

Natalie's Score: 89/100

This Bordeaux-style Merlot offers lovely aromas of black cherry, plums and vanilla smoke. There's a sumptuous, full-bodied weight and texture on the palate that finishes with lovely spicy cedar. The clone for this wine originates in the Pomerol region of Bordeaux, but it's thriving in its Lodi, California Clay Station Vineyard, where the soils are also red and produce extravagantly luscious Merlots. Perfect for barbecues and potluck gatherings. This wine will be available via Vintages in August 2011.

Merlot food pairings: grilled pork chops, pepper steak.

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Dan Trcka Wine Blogger rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

The 181 Merlot 2010, sourced from the Lodi Valley and made in Bordeaux style, has intense aromas of toasted oak, black cherry liqueur, blackberry faint pine needle notes. It is medium bodied, fruity, has good acidity, refined tannins (decant for 15 min) and a medium, silky finish. It can be drunk by itself or with food; good to drink now, but will be in its prime from 2015-2020. My opinion: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 89-90 pts – recommended due to its value. Tasted March/13.

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Taylor rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

It tastes much like other reds from the hot, arid Lodi Valley: ripe, soft tannins but decently high acidity. Also not as slutty as other reds from Lodi. Full-bodied with raspberry, smoky cedar, black cherry, sweet chocolate and a finish that begs for another sip. Nicely done. $15.
Ron rated this wine as 78/100 with the following review:

Prd w/ Peruvian steak & veggies

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