Since I keep trying new wines, but very sporadically, I forget what I liked and didn't like. So I'll keep track here, and I'll also track what I can taste, assuming I may fine tune my taste buds over time.
2007 Clos Du Bois Merlot. $18.99 - Sale $13.99 at Kroger
Prime Alexander Valley grapes from superb hillside and benchland vineyards form the core of the wine's depth and character. A dark ruby red color, this lush and deeply flavored Merlot bursts with aromas of violet, baking spices, mocha, ripe plum, blackberry, and intense black cherry. On the palate, it exhibits a full-bodied mouthfeel with delicious flavors of black cherry, mocha and toasty oak and finishes with the velvety, luxurious mouthfeel that marks fine Merlot.
Like It - I can taste the black cherry and the toasty oak. I can't taste the baking spices or mocha.
"Classic Clarksburg personality shines through in the green apple and pear notes, while a bit more tropical pineapple breezes by. The rich mouthfeel created by aging on the lees abounds mid-palate, while the finish is wrapped in creamy textures and tones from the malolactic fermentation. Spicy American oak notes of butterscotch and vanilla are the perfect balance to the freshness and acidity of the multifaceted wine." Liked It - Definitely taste the apple and pear, a little of tropical in general. I can taste the butterscotch only after I've swallowed the wine and breathe, as a nice aftertaste.