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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Gainey Merlot 2006
Gainey Merlot 2006
(search item no. 100327)

PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose opens with toasty black plum and black cherry aromas, which with airing, reveal complex mocha, cedar, black olive, tobacco and mints scents. On the rounded, richly textured palate, the wine's mouth-filling plum, black cherry, cassis and roasted coffee flavors are streaked through with a vein of zesty herbal spice. Superbly balanced with supple tannins, this expressive, cool-climate Merlot will provide plenty of pleasure when paired with grilled or rotisserie chicken, pork tenderloin, simply prepared beef dishes, mildly sauced pastas and flavorful hard cheese. Enjoy it over the next two to three years.
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About The Gainey Vineyard:

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 vineyards on the northern boundary of the Gainey Ranch and in November of 1984 the 12,000 square foot Spanish-style winery opened its doors to visitors. Soon after, Dan H. Gainey joined his father and together the father-son team have set out to produce premium, hand-crafted wines made from the best vineyards in Santa Barbara County.

With over 40 years of farming experience behind them, the Gaineys have a connection to the land that few vintners may share. Since the original vineyard planting in 1983, the Gaineys have added 32 acres to their "Home" Ranch, which is primarily planted to the Bordeaux varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In 1996, they purchased 120 acres on the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley, a cooler growing region more suitable for Burgundian varietals. In 1997, they planted 35 acres at this "Santa Rosa Hills" Ranch to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, with plans for further plantings in the years ahead.