WTN: 2001 Gray Monk "Odyssey" Merlot

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WTN: 2001 Gray Monk "Odyssey" Merlot

Postby Jenise » Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:22 am

2001 Gray Monk "Odyssey" Merlot
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia


Gray Monk has several lines, and the "Odyssey" series is their best. And there, 2001 was a cooler year (than 02 and and 03, say) which produced restrained wines of classic structure. It took a good hour for this wine to open up and show it's fruit--at first, I got but strong, bitter coffee. Eventually the sweet, floral merlot nose appeared along with plummy and blackberry fruit, sweet herbs and just a hint of unsweetened dark chocolate. Good acidity, medium body and tannins made the wine much closer to St. Emilion than Sonoma in style, with youthful tannins and hints of secondary development just around the corner. Showed better with food than without, but it was quite good to just sip and discuss the events of the day over. Price: about $25 at the winery last summer.
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Re: WTN: 2001 Gray Monk "Odyssey" Merlot

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Fri Jun 09, 2006 1:38 am

Hi Jenise, hows the birding from the bunkhouse there!!

I was looking at this one the other day but decided on the Montes Alpha. However I did cast my eye over Cedar Creek as well as Quails Gate so I have some interesting buying coming up for WT 101. The Tinhorn Creek Merlot used to set the standard for this varietal but not any more (by all accounts).
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Re: WTN: 2001 Gray Monk "Odyssey" Merlot

Postby Jenise » Fri Jun 09, 2006 1:05 pm

Bob, all's well here, both with us and the birds.

We really did like the Gray Monk. We appreciated it even more last night when we sipped a sweeter, fleshier Washington merlot--which many would prefer to the Gray Monk's sleek Europeanness.
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