Wolffer Reserve Merlot 2004 – It’s CranEarthy!

If a cranberry went on a camping trip and made wine, this is the product that would result.  When we poured this Wolffer Merlot from Long Island, it looked like cranberry juice with its deep garnet color.  On the nose initially, it even smelled like it.  However, once it breathed a bit, that all changed.  The fruit subsided and was replaced by a very earthy, even mushroomy smell reminiscent of the old-world style wines.  The palate was smooth, and the tartness of the cranberry was evident, but also had some spicy notes as well.  This is certainly an intriguing Merlot and much different than the New-World ones we are used to drinking.

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