2008 'Estate' Merlot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2008
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard Designation
Russell Estate
Alcohol %
14.2

2008 'Estate' Merlot

This is a lush and full bodied Merlot. It offers stone fruit, plum and hints of rose geranium in the nose.

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This is a lush and full bodied Merlot. It offers stone fruit, plum and hints of rose geranium in the nose. On the palate, it begins with lush ripe plums and red berries and expands towards cassis, blueberry, vanilla, and the classic hard spice notes of cinnamon and clove. The cinnamon and clove notes carry one along to a finish of red fruits, espresso, and black pepper. The structure and intensity of this wine has aged into a lovely balance between acid, tannin, and fruit. This wine has a strong affinity for char – such as are found on grilled meats and vegetables. Its spice notes of cinnamon and clove also make it an intriguing choice for pairing with dessert items that incorporate those spices, such as some versions of chocolate mousse or cannoli filling.

Wine Profile
Ratings
International Wine Review - 89+ points
Vineyard Notes
Our Estate Merlot is grown deep in the Corral de Tierra at the foot of Mount Toro between the Santa Lucia Highlands and the Carmel Valley in Monterey County in what John Steinbeck called “the pastures of heaven”. The vineyard is organically farmed to accentuate the terroir of this most unusual area.
Production Notes
Our Estate Merlot is fermented in small open top fermentors that are punched down three times a day to manage the tannins while extracting intense color and flavors. The wine is aged 22 months in 25% new French oak and 75% two- and three-year old French oak barrels. Additional aging in the bottle has resulted in a wine showing a lovely balance between flavor and structure. It offers both velvety tannins and complex fruit.
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