Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Merlot 2007

Merlot from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 104484
  • red wine
  • W&S91
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

The Sonoma Reserve Merlot 2007 is a well-balanced wine with attractive aromas of cocoa, savory herbs, and oak toast. The wine is full-bodied and fruit forward with flavors of juicy black cherries and currants. On the palate, this wine is concentrated with great structure, prominent fruit, and lively acidity, which conclude in a long and pleasing finish.

Blend: 85% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Ruby Cabernet and 2% Petit Verdot

Critical Acclaim

"The moderate 2007 season created wines like this cool, mouthwatering red. It's neither fussy nor ambitious; it just tastes clean and bright, lasting with the flavor of cherries slowly ripened in the shade. Give it some time in a decanter to shed an initial scent of dill and expand on it's berry-rich length, then serve with chopped sirloin off the grill."
91 Points

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The Big O - Bayside, NY (read all my reviews)

While a "Reserve" is supposed to be pricey, this elegant Sonoman Merlot was not. A fan of Blackstone wines from their beginning, they truly have never made a wine not worth enjoying. Smooth, silky and well balanced this is a wine to enjoy for a long time. Allthough not the best Sonoman merlot I have tasted, it is surely a wine to treasure and share.
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Style: Smooth & Supple
Crimson-purple; Fragrant nose with black cherries, plums, black currants, vanilla, cranberry, pomegranate, plum, and spice; Silky & full-bodied on the palate, Cherry/plummy with rich mouthfeel; Round tannins, good finish. Not terribly complex, but very good nevertheless. Great to enjoy now.
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JudyG823 - Dallas, TX (read all my reviews)

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Sonoma County has always been Blackstone's home and inspiration. Since our beginning we’ve established a reputation for consistently delivering balanced, reliable wines of uncompromising quality

From the start, our goal has been to produce smooth, flavorful, harmonious wines with rich fruit, supple texture, and balanced oak. Early on, this approach found its ideal expression in our Merlot, which soon became — and still remains — America's favorite Merlot.

Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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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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