Lush and vivid, the 2018 Blueline Estate Merlot opens with pronounced aromas of tangy dark cherry, raspberry compote and warm chestnut, with telltale notes of mandarin orange peel and Asian five spice providing precision and lift. Across the palate, the vibrant red fruit shines, accented by warm blackberry pie filling, roasted nut and hoisin notes. While supple and gracious in texture, Blueline’s mineral-rich soils add defined firmness to its structure and noticeable lift on the finish. The subtle nuances of aromatics, flavor and texture give Blueline Merlot a uniquely wide breadth of food pairing options from Mediterranean to Asian fare
Other than the fact that Hourglass Blueline Merlot 2018 is ridiculously good, I’m not sure what made me think of this, but ….
6 hours or so into the second full day of wine class a few years back, it struck me that the “new” instructor was giving particularly light pours. Rarely one to pass up an opportunity for a quick laugh particularly in a full classroom, I commented that the prior instructor was much more generous with the wine tastings. And while the class found my comment mildly amusing, the instructor (who I later learned was the owner of American Wine School) did not. Like a true pro and without missing a beat, she quickly replied that I obviously have yet to learn the difference between “tasting” and “drinking” – a response which drew far more laughs than my initial quip
Marianne has been my primary instructor now for several years including at least 5 exams, and in addition to her incredible wine knowledge, I’m always impressed with what a great teacher she is. Raising a glass to you MF
And no, I really haven’t matured a whole lot from high school 🙂