La Frenz Merlot, 2011


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From the cellar: Found this with some other treasures, bought in 2014, awaiting the day.  It was everything a somewhat aged OK Merlot could and should be, and then some, but overshadowed by how much we liked the Hypothesis last week.  We reviewed a more recent vintage a few months back (which, bizarrely, was apparently cheaper than this), and found it wanting.  But the 2011 is (now) a treasure trove of inky fruit with juicy acids and a really addictive tartness. Quite superb on its own but, hard to believe, wavered with a pumpkin sage risotto.

 

Price: $28 from the vineyard in 2014 before the tax fiascos.

 

Market Liquidity: For those with discipline, La Frenz can bring it home.

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