Bonterra Organically Grown Merlot 1998

Merlot from North Coast, California

Item No. 27056
  • red wine
  • Green wine
  • WS86
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Winemaker's Notes

The 1998 vintage was a very late vintage, which allowed the grapes considerable "hang-time." All of the grapes for the wine were organically grown as is the case with all Bonterra wines. The grapes developed soft, ripe tannins and good intensity. Certain lots had long maceration times on the skins after fermentation. Some barrel-to-barrel racking was utilized during barrel aging to soften tannins. The wine was egg white-fined before bottling.

Dark red-purple color. The nose explodes with rich cherry and currant aromas with hints of cola, berry, oak-spice, and vanilla. In the mouth, balance and softness are apparent, yet with ripe tannins, rich cherry and currant flavors highlighted by a gentle top note of sweet oak-spice from barrel aging that carries through the velvety finish.

The 1998 Bonterra Merlot provides a versatile wine for the table, pairing well with grilled salmon and ahi, mushroom pasta, and roast meats and poultry.

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Bonterra wines are a natural expression of the unique climate and soil of the Mendocino coast. The name Bonterra means good earth. All of their wines are nurtured from organically grown grapes. Bonterra relishes the re-discovery of age-old traditions of viticulture, working in harmony with Nature, to create wines with pure, concentrated flavors. THE BONTERRA PHILOSOPHY We honor...

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Learn About North Coast

Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different - both from their southern neighbors and from each other. Notable Facts Mendocino...

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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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