2001 Thelema Merlot, South Africa
Plums and camphor make a nice twosome, if you like camphor and not all do/would, in this nicely aged merlot which strangely, considering the relative reputations of the grapes, has matured better than the same vintage of cabernet we opened about three weeks ago. The fruit has good density and secondary nuances plus a bit of telltale coffee flavor that because of the camphor is more espresso than a mellower breakfast blend, and the wine just gets richer/deeper with time in the glass. The wine should hold here for years or even continue to improve. Will have to open another cabernet and see if that just wasn't an off bottle.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov