90 Plus Cellars is a relative new comer to the negociant business. Their niche is centered on buying up the excess finished wines which have scored 90 points or more, and reselling them at a discount under their own label. Which brings us to…
90+ Cellars Merlot (Lot 17)
Blend: 81% Merlot 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 12 months in 1/3 New French Oak
The wine retails for $13.99. It was made from 100% Napa fruit. That is a good start in my books. I popped the cork, and let it breathe in the decanter for an hour.
On the nose I detected black currants and subtle oak.
The palate revealed black cherries and at first it was a pretty straight forward wine. Nothing special, nothing off putting, just okay. I let it breathe more. It was worth the wait. After about 3 hours the richness opened up revealing plummy tannins. It reminded me a little of the Bordeaux style, especially later on. The Rich chewy and young tannins were nice but not overpowering. At first I thought this was more of a pasta Merlot, but later on it could have paired well with meats aswell.
The verdict: A good value at $14. The wine benefits from a little patience and decanting
This wine was received as a sample