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2004 Lightcatcher Reserve Merlot – Review

It’s been a lot of personal fun over the past few years to watch Texas grow its wine industry – it is now the 5th-largest wine-producing state in the Union. Its vast landsapes have been doing a good job with certain grapes varieties and more recently we’ve started to see some bordeaux grapes popping up, but can Texas do them justice?

Lightcatcher Winery is located in the famous “Grapevine” area just outside of Dallas/Ft. Worth which is now home to scores of wineries – most of which are bringing Texas-pride to their products.

Technical Data:

  • Alcohol: 14.9%
  • Oak: Aged for 35 months
  • Price: $32

Nose: Massive amounts of oak here – I’m still pulling the splinters out of my nose hairs. I saw that this wine was aged 35months on oak and that immediately worried me as being over-oaked and so far, the nose confirms that. In fact, the nose is so strong of oak that I barely pick up the blackberries, tobacco and road-tar elements.

Taste: Like the nose, there is so much freakin’ oak going on here that everything else is blown out the window. Menthol, medicince cabinet action with some plum and black cherry. The finish is cluttered with the splinters of oak I have to pick out of my teeth and is too hot.  I guess “they” aren’t joking when they say “everything is bigger in Texas” – in this case it clearly applies to the oak – maybe 35months is a bit too long eh?

Bottom Line: I’m sure there are merlot’s in Texas that are good, however – to me – this is not one of them and at $32 dollars, I’m gonna give it a major pass. This wine will cater to those who might work in the lumber industry or those who appreciate the fact they won’t have to look for a toothpick after dinner since they already have a mouth-full of them from drinking this wine.

W.E.P. Rating: 20%

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