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California Merlot Tasting Notes | Tim Smith |

What Does Californian Merlot Taste Like?


Californian Merlot provides notes stewed red fruits of raspberry, fig and darker notes such as plum. Oak usage exudes the baking spice aromas which finish like holiday fruit cake at times. Merlot in higher elevations tend to provide greener aromatics like sage, but are consistent with lower levels of acidity ..

What is Vintage Port? | Tim Smith |

What is Vintage Port?


Traditional Port is produced from indigenous Portuguese varietals such as Touriga Nacional and Tinto Roriz among others, only in the Douro region of Portugal. Vintage Port is only produced in excellent vintages and is aged in cask for at least a year, then longer in bottle before release. Vintage Port ..

What does French Chardonnay Taste Like? | What is French Chardonnay | Tim Smith |

How would you describe a classic, French Chardonnay in terms of aromatics and taste?


This sounds silly to say out loud, but everyone needs to drink more French Chardonnay. French Chardonnay are true examples of the varietal. Chablis (no or minimal oak) provides a reductive style. Clean, crisp with higher acid and tarter tree fruits. The iconic minerality pushes through as flint, and an elegant ..