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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wine Tasting - P.K.N.T. Silver Collection Merlot 2008

"I was in love with a beautiful blonde once.  She drove me to drink; that's the one thing that I'm indebted to her for."

Greetings!  I toast a glass of vino at you and share wishes for your wellness.

Several weeks ago when in Eat More Produce we knew that they had sold out of the P.K.N.T. Carménère some many months ago.  However, Andy pointed out that a few bottles of the Merlot could be had over next to the potato in a wine display.  Guess where Tiffany and I headed during our last Eat More Produce trek?  Psst... The evidence is in the photograph below.

Chucky's Score:  86
Tiffany's Score:  91

P.K.N.T. Silver Collection Merlot 2008

Appellation:  Rapel Valley, Santiago, Chile
Grape Varietal(s):  85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Carménère
Retail Price:  $7.99 each or 2 for $14.00 at Eat More Produce, February 2012
Vintage:  2008
Alcohol:  13.5%
Calories:  94 per 4-ounce

Tasting notes as follows.

Chucky's Tasting Sheet

Chucky's Notes:  "Complexity and dryness on the palate delivers a most delicous aftertaste.  Ample tannin equates to a well-balanced Merlot.  Smoky strawberry notes linger in my mouth.  Very delicious and quite elegant."

Tiffany's Tasting Sheet

Tiffany's Notes:  "What a wonderful blend of my favorite grapes!  Love the read and dark fruits on bouquet and palate.  This is a super smooth Merlot!  This wine has the perfect balance all around."
From the label:

"Perfectly balanced, this soft and delicious Merlot is crammed with plummy red fruits.  A touch of tannin enables good structure and adds depth and weight to end a luscious finish.

Perfect partner to lamb, game, and most other meat dishes."

In retrospect, Chucky was perhaps a little harsh in judging this selection.  86 isn't a bad score but I look back after enjoying a couple of glasses having lots of guilt.  It wasn't that I did not thoroughly enjoy this wine selection.  The wine tasting just happened at the wrong time perhaps?  Believe me when I say that it should probably be an 88-point score or more.  Tiffany is much closer to hitting the tasting sheet review target.

We both immensely love this wine.  When judged in conjunction with their Carménère offering, P.K.N.T. Silver Collection ranks up as some of the finest vino for your hard-earned dollars.  We both noticed the blueberry and cedar on the nose and in the taste.  It was a remarkably complex wine with a plethora of well-balanced tastes.  After our wine tasting this afternoon and dinner tonight, Tiffany and I find our bottle empty.  It's funny how that seems to happen, isn't it?

Hi-dee hi-dee P-for-Perfect-K-for-Komplex-N-for-Not-Gonna-Share-T-for-Tasty-wine-ho my friend.

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