It’s Thursday night. Tonight is the night Janice paints, and when she comes home I’ve got a bottle of wine out. It didn’t take much encouragement from a friend to dig out a nice bottle. This is what we’re drinking — Ecole 41 Seven Hills Merlot, Walla Walla Appelation. This Washington winery is one of my favorites.
I knew the bottle would be heavily sedimented, so I decanted it first. Also, experience with this wine has taught me that it needs time to open. Waiting 15 to 20 minutes before the first taste pays rich rewards.
The nose is glorious. Wood, berries, plums, maybe a little nutmeg and even a tiny bit of barnyard. Chocolate, coffee, and rich fruits on the tongue. Firm tannins, but not overpowering. A little heat and spice and a glorious long long long finish.