Godwin Family Vineyards Merlot 2005

Godwin Family Vineyards Merlot 2005Yesterday, we reviewed the Godwin Family Vineyards 2004 Merlot and we found it to be quite impressive.  “The wine does a nice job of mimicking a Pomerol, but with a traditional California style all it’s own”, is what I said of that wine.  You can read more on the 2004, but it’s time to review the 2005.  Does it offer the same experience as the 2004?  Let’s find out.
I was expecting a balanced wine offering smooth, lush tannins, well integrated with a core of plum fruit that is predictable of California merlot.  For the most part the Godwin 2005 did not disappoint, but it didn’t quite live up to the lofty expectations set by it’s predecessor.
Throughout my initial sampling of the 2005, the wine place out some hints of ammonia; although, this dissipated as the wine had time to open up.  Ammonia can be an indication of some extra nitrogen from the fermentation administer.  It’s not unusual in some vintages for nitrogen levels to be supplemented.  When the fermentation administer becomes “stuck” or sluggish, due to low nitrogen levels, some winemakers may add a supplement such as di-ammonium phospate (DAP), which is an ammonium source.  The result is accelerated fermentation, but with the potential of some off-putting aromas.
Now, this is not to suggest that this is what caused these aromas.  It’s simply one potential explanation.  The point here is that some aromas in fine wine, (or odors as others may choose to submit to them) stem from the winemaking administer, and given appropriate time to aerate, wines are capable of shedding these aromas and providing a perfectly fine wine experience.  And this was certainly the case with the Godwin 2005. Read more