Behrens & Hitchcock Alder Springs Ranch Merlot 1999

Merlot from North Coast, California

Price: $41.99
Item No. 116900
  • RP93
  • ST92
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Critical Acclaim

"The 1999 Merlot Alder Springs Vineyard (350 cases) is superb, but shows a cooler climate, almost jammy, red berry nose, with notes of graphite, toast, and spice. The wine has gorgeous purity, relatively low acidity, and a thick yet superb finish.
Range: 90-93"
93 Points

"Medium ruby. Perfumed, superripe aromas of black cherry jam, violet pastille and licorice. Supple and very ripe in the mouth; dense and sweet but given shape by strong acidity and firm, chewy tannins. Finishes with a note of dark chocolate. Very distinctive merlot, from clay-rich soil at an altitude of about 2,000 feet.
Range: 90-92"
92 Points

Learn About North Coast

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