Havens Reserve Merlot 2003

Merlot from Carneros, California

$39.99
Item No. 97665
  • red wine
  • ST91
  • RP90
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Winemaker's Notes

A blend of 94% Merlot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc and 4.5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

With a full two years bottle aging before release, the 2003 Merlot Carneros has already developed into a distinctive wine: black fruits, hints of allspice, mace and anise and a broad-but-firm backbone. This wine shows off 2003's best character, the firm structure of late-harvested Carneros fruit, and the complexity that comes from Merlot planted in a superior site. It should age well for another five to eight years from release, not simply surviving, but developing more intricate texture and exotic aroma.

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Founded in 1984 by winemaker Michael Havens, Havens Wine Cellars have earned distinction for its Merlot, Syrah and their Bordeaux-style red blend called Bouriquot. Havens Wine Cellars is located just south of Yountville and a short quieting drive off Highway 29, Napa Valley"s main winery tour route. The pastoral 10-acre site located on the Mayacamas benchland includes a 7½ acre...

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Learn About Carneros

Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Notable Facts Both Chardonnay...

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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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