Gainey Merlot 2003

Merlot from Central Coast, California

$21.99 $14.29
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Item No. 89428
  • red wine
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Winemaker's Notes

The Gainey family was the first to own properties in both the warm, eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley, where they concentrate on Bordeaux varieties, and the cool, western end of the Valley, where they focus on Burgundian varieties. The Gaineys are committed to exploring the diversity of the Santa Ynez Valley to craft quality wines from the Valley's two distinctly different microclimates.

"The first scents out of the glass are herbaceous in nature. Although this distinctive varietal character is normal for Merlot, it is often missing from wines that are made in the popular over-ripe or tutti-frutti style. With swirling, this brushy veneer dissipates and reveals bing cherry, cassis and currant jelly aromas underneath. Complementing the fruit is a hint of smoke, and the new oak is well-integrated. In the mouth, the wine bursts with juicy fruit flavors enlivened by refreshing acidity. Strawberry jam notes also make an appearance. This is not a heavy, but a medium-bodied wine. The wine is balanced with just the right amount of tannin to add structure to an easy-drinking version of America's favorite red wine."

"Enjoy now and over the next 2–3 years with your favorite meat entrées. Or try something different and serve it with artisan cheeses and freshly baked bread."
-Winemaker Kirby Anderson

Learn About Gainey Map ItMap It

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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