Marquis Philips Merlot 2008

Merlot from McLaren Vale, Australia

Price: $19.29 $12.99
Save $6.30 (33%)
Item No. 102501
  • RP90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

100% Merlot, McLaren Vale, South Australia.

Appearance: Opaque red-black, scarlet rim.

Aroma: Ultra-rich red berry liqueur. Hint of sweet red beets, earthy, mineral notes, smoke, cola-nut.

Palate: Fat, silky, rich, black fruits. Dark chocolate. Soft tannin finish.

With air contact time there is hardly any progression at all, save for a hint of rich tomato soup on the nose.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2008 Merlot will go a long way toward repairing the grape’s reputation as a libido killer. Purple-colored, it sports an enticing bouquet of cedar, black cherry, plum, and violets. Full-bodied, layered, and succulent on the palate, this ripe effort is well balanced despite its size, and has a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Drink it over the next 5 years."
90 Points

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Feng - Washington, DC (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/21/2010)
It's a medium body Merlot, with a bit of a harsh tannins for a Merlot, which unfortunately does not gain enough complexity in structure. The flavors are not bad, but it tastes kind of wet. The bouquet was pleasant but I forgot what the elements are... I think it's Cab is slightly better. I would give it 88.5 (is that legit?) instead of 90 :-)
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leliza - Arlington, VA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/28/2010)
Would not buy again - a real disappointment. Rather harsh, even with the vinturi.
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Learn About Marquis Philips Map ItMap It

Marquis Philips is a collaboration between American Dan Philips and Australian winemakers to make the most delicious, power-packed wines on the planet. Marquis Philips began with a simple goal: to control the entire winemaking process, soup to nuts, from concept to vineyard, to market, to wine style, to price. The winemakers aim to create wines that are pleasure-giving, dark, ripe, sweet, gulpable, loud, yet subtle, sweet and gentle with a long finish, elegant, Turley-esque, and powerful.

Learn About McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines. Notable Facts In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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