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Taste it Again : Henry of Pelham 2012 Cabernet-Merlot Estate

23 Mar 2020

Henry of Pelham 2012 CM Estate


October 27, 2019 ...  So I decided to experiment with this wine. I am getting a lot of questions about decanting lately either by the glass or a full bottle so I decided to split this bottle into two. Half I decanted the other half I left in bottle. I also started with just one glass, or a splash in the glass, to see how a  single-pour decanter would also work with this wine and give me a baseline.

Bottle: there were smoky, peppery, dark berry fruit (cassis / blackberry) cinnamon and spice with a touch of cedar; which I thought might blow off in a couple of hours, but then I made the decision to rush it a bit.

Decanted: fruit character is gone, coffee grounds and cedar dominate - I found this very unappealing.

After 2 hours:  poured from bottle there is still life with dark berry / spiced blueberry, mocha, coffee but that cedary finish remains prominent - the decanted version seems lifeless and failing.

Advice ... don't decant / by the glass or the full bottle, you're wasting a good wine ... allow bottle to open up on its own naturally and you'll enjoy the experience over the course of the night.

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