Gainey Merlot 2001

Merlot from Central Coast, California

Item No. 81374
  • red wine
  • WE90
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Winemaker's Notes

"Gainey was one of the first Santa Barbara wineries to nail Merlot, and while the Limited Selection is richer, their regular release is no slouch. Deeply extracted in blackcurrant fruit, well-oaked, and balanced in tannins and acids, it has that sumptuous mouthfeel you associate with upscale red wines."
-Wine Enthusiast

This wine is deep purple in color, almost opaque even in sunlight - the first indication that there is going to be "stuff" in the glass. At first the wine shows only its' smoke, earth and mineral notes. With air the wine reveals bing cherry, strawberry, plum, vanilla, cinnamon and clove. Sweet sage and marjoram further compliment this enticing Merlot.

Ripe fruit and sweet new oak intermingle to produce a supple, mouthfilling wine that is sure to compliment many a dinner (or lunch). This wine is very pleasant to drink now with modest tannins and admirable fruit concentration. The finish is all sweet fruit and a little dab of chocolate. It will continue to develop and improve over the next five years.

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In 1962, Daniel C. and son Daniel J. Gainey purchased an 1,800 acre ranch on the eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley. The Gainey Ranch, a combination of cattle, farming, and Arabian horse breeding, became the largest diversified ranching operation in the valley. Dan J. Gainey retired in 1984 to devote himself to fulfilling his dream of making wine. In 1983, he planted 51 acres of...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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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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