Parducci's 2004 Merlot was produced
primarily from fruit grown in three high-quality
Mendocino vineyards – Elk Fields, Waddington and Ruddick.
It was blended with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in a
combination of French and American oak.
The 2004 Merlot boasts a complex aroma of sweet black
cherries and plums mingled with leafy mint tea and intriguing
hints of miso and tamari. On the palate, the wine's mediumbodied
flavors key on cherries, with a pronounced tea-leaf
spiciness adding savor and zest.
This tasty, fruitful Merlot is a
fine match with herb-roasted chicken with plum sauce, grilled
beef on a bed of arugula with shaved parmigiana or smoky