Benziger Merlot 2003

Merlot from Sonoma County, California

$18.29
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The 2012 vintage is available for: $18.99
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Item No. 90074
  • red wine

Winemaker's Notes

The red wines from 2003 in northern California are the most "user friendly" since the voluptuous 1997's. They are softly textured, rich in flavor, and moderate in tannins, meaning they are enjoyable virtually upon release. Like this Merlot, which is supple and full-bodied, with generous flavors (cocoa, green olive, toast, cherry, pepper), light oakiness, and along finish. For drinking over the next 2-3 years. Enjoy with braised rabbit with onions, cheese steak, beef tortillas, shish kebabs (leg of lamb with green and red peppers, onions, tomato and potato).

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Learn About Benziger Map ItMap It

The Benziger Family Winery was founded in 1980 on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain. Their Reserve wines showcase those rare lots discovered in the vineyard or developed in the cellar that receive the highest level of care and emerge as the best of the vintage. Benziger also produces Benziger Family wine and the limited production Vineyard Designate wines. At the core of Benziger Winery are eight, same generation family members committed to managing every aspect of grape growing and winemaking.

Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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