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St. Supéry Merlot 2002

by Nannette Eaton on May 27, 2009

“A bottle of good wine, like a good act, shines ever in the retrospect” — Robert Louis Stevenson


St. Supéry always evokes happy memories for me.  The first time I had their wine was with friends Sharon and Colleen at Piatti before a Christmas shopping trip in La Jolla on an iconic California winter’s day.  I don’t remember what we ate, but I’ll never forget what we drank.  We split a half-bottle of the St. Supéry Merlot, and it was a perfect moment with a sublime wine.

This bottle didn’t disappoint.  I shared this with my friend Mia, who’s had the privilege of drinking some pretty prestigious wines; she gave this a rousing thumbs-up.  This is a terrific example of a beautifully crafted California merlot.  Blackberries, black currents and black cherries, with a slight herbaceous quality with soft toastiness.

The St. Supéry Recipe Booklet suggests pairing the merlot with Shitake Mushroom & Fontina Crostini or Braised Chicken and Baby Potatoes with Rosemary & Sage.  Wine Harlots think you should try both!

Alcohol content 13.5%.  Synthetic capsule closure.  The grapes are 98% merlot with 2% cabernet sauvignon from Napa.  The suggested retail is $28 USD.  This was a wine sample kindly provided by St. Supéry.

The musical pairing is the classic “Damn, I Wish I Were Your Lover” by Sophie B. Hawkins from the album Tongues & Tails.  Play as little Sophie, pick up bottle of St. Supéry and create your own happy memories.