J. Garcia Merlot 2000
Merlot from Sonoma County, California
Jerry Garcia was an artist of surprising range and accomplishment. To celebrate his creativity, Clos du Bois has joined with the Garcia Estate to produce a series of special bottlings. The inaugural release of the J. Garcia wines features three of Jerry's favorites: Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon each featuring a unique piece of his art on the label.
Our 2000 Merlot offers the best of the diverse Sonoma County appellation. Aromas of mint cherries, sweet oak, cedar, vanilla, herbs and bay are delivered with a moderately rich mouthfeel touched by soft tannins and hints of smoke and toasty oak.
The savory aromas and cherry fruit flavors of this wine make it the perfect accompaniment to roasted meats and savory soups and stews. Try it with roasted pork loin seasoned with rosemary and sherry.
J. Garcia Winery
Jerry Garcia made his home in Northern California, near the lush vineyards of Sonoma County wine country. J. Garcia wines were created to celebrate Jerry's musical and artistic creativity - and lifelong love of art and wine.
Each release of J. Garcia wine features label art created from a unique piece of Jerry's striking and engaging artistic creations. The wines themselves are made by another talented artisan – winemaker Erik Olsen of the award-winning Clos du Bois winery in Sonoma County. The J. Garcia series is handcrafted from exceptional fruit sourced in the North Coast wine region, and reflects the rich, colorful quality of Jerry's art and music.
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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 Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
The largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.