This Merlot has a deep, rich, ruby color. Warm cherry aromas are accented with notes of mocha, red licorice, sage and toffee. Soft, round tannins make this wine easy to drink with flavors of black cherries and plums balanced with caramel and toffee from the oak.
Wine Enthusiast 88 points - Sweet oak aromas, ripe fruit flavors and a firm texture make a complete and enjoyable package in this full-bodied wine. It has a toasted oak flavor, tasty plum and cinnamon nuances, good acidity and supportive tannins. - J.G.
"In the nose, ripe plum and blackberry jam meld with creamy vanilla aromas, a touch of tobacco, spicy clove and cinnamon, and toasted oak. The wine is rich in the mouth, with smooth tannins and rich, ripe plum and berry flavors. The finish is long and fruitfilled, with the perfect amount of toasty oak spice. This wine is perfect for enjoying upon release and for the next five years."
|WINE PROFILE Harvested: October 2001 Sugar Level: 24.1° Brix Bottled: September 2002 Release Date: November 2002 WINE INFORMATION Barrel Regime: Nine months in new to three-year-old American (55%) and French (45%) oak Key Varietal Components: 77% Merlot 8% Carignane Acid/pH: 0.63/3.68 Alcohol: 13.6% Residual Sugar: 0.05% (dry) Production: >100,000 cases
|After fermentation and initial racking, the wine was aged an average of nine
months in a combination of new to three-year-old French (45%) and American
(55%) oak barrels. The balance of new and used barrels allows the winemaker to
create fuller body and richness while keeping the oak in balance with the wine’s
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