MacRostie Merlot 1999

Merlot from Carneros, California

Item No. 60755
  • red wine
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1996
  • WS89

Winemaker's Notes

My Merlot was made from fruit grown on the Napa Valley side of the Carneros district and in Napa Valley itself. This vintage of my Merlot is a Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The aroma of this wine is wide-ranging and youthful just like you might expect considering the grapes in its blend and the vintage. The wine has notes of fresh red fruits, predominantly raspberry. It also smells of dark fruit: blackberry and blueberry. There is an intriguing aroma of mint.

The wine possesses slight aromas of tobacco, like you'd get from a cigar box, along with attractive qualities of smoked meat. This is quite a package of aromas that are nicely integrated with barrel toastiness. The wine is a mouthful. My first impression is of red fruit and cherry liquor flavors. I get an impression of tannin that is firm yet fine grained, indicating youthfulness. The wine leaves me with a spicy richness, reminiscent of nutmeg. The finish lingers and is vigorous, indicating to me that this Merlot blend will age well.

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MacRostie Winery and Vineyards was founded by winemaker Steve MacRostie in 1987. As a believer in the unique character of Carneros fruit, and an innovative winemaker pioneering a more fresh and sophisticated style of Chardonnay, Steve dedicated himself to crafting wines embodying an authentic sense of place. In 1992, realizing the vast potential for producing stunning, age-worthy...

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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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