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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The 2005 growing season yielded a bevy of rich, fresh, beautifully balanced red wines, of which Gainey 2005 Merlot is a prime example.
The nose is redolent of sweet cherries and berries, with notes of ripe plum, black olive, brown spices, cocoa and vanilla adding interest. In the mouth, toasty oak tones frame smooth, juicy, cherry, plum and berry flavors, lending a suave, savory impression to the wine's long, luscious finish.
Enjoy this succulent, fruit-forward Merlot over the next several years with poultry, veal, pork and beef dishes, as well as mildly sauced pastas and flavorful hard cheeses.
"Gainey's track record for Merlot in Santa Ynez Valley is unexcelled. If the wines seldom are
world-class great, they're seldom less than succulent and delicious. The '05 exemplifies the house style, a dry, rich wine, brimming with blackberry, cherry and new oak flavors that are wrapped into a fine, complex tannin-acid structure." Wine Enthusiast
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...Read More About Gainey
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...Read More About Central Coast
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...Read More About Merlot
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