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Date Printed: 8/23/2014
Matanzas Creek Merlot 2004
Matanzas Creek Merlot 2004
(search item no. 90797)

PRICE ON 8/23/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Sourced from their vineyards in Sonoma County's Bennett Valley, Matanzas Creek 2004 Merlot is skillfully blended by Winemaker Fran├žois Cordesse with small percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. The result is a vibrant, ambitious wine representing the winery's 26th vintage of Merlot.

This wine begins with a garnet red color in the glass. A potpourri of fresh herbs arrive with the first nose, including thyme, sage, and clove with hints of hawthorn and quince. Swirling the wine once brings the second nose of dark boysenberries and velvety cherries. Distinctly spicy, the palate begins with clove, pepper, and quince, followed by a long, smooth finish with blackberry and moist earth notes, reminiscent of deep woods after the rain. The wine possesses an exceptional acidic balance complemented by soft tannins. Mineral characteristics are just beginning to develop and will, over time, offer additional elegance and complexity.

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About Matanzas Creek:

Founded in 1977, Matanzas Creek Winery is located on the site of a retired dairy farm in Sonoma County's Bennett Valley. In 1985, the original winery, a converted dairy barn, gave way to a modern winemaking facility and since that time the Estate's Bennett Valley vineyards have grown to include over 280-acres of Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Vineyard acquisitions in Sonoma Valley, Carneros, Russian River Valley and Knights Valley provide the vineyard management and winemaking teams with an enviable selection of fruit. Sourced from Estate-owned vineyards, the Matanzas Creek wine portfolio includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot, as well as a limited amount of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

As important as the history of the winery itself is its location in Sonoma County's newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), Bennett Valley. Although only formally recognized as an AVA in December 2003, Bennett Valley has a rich history of grape growing dating back to the mid-1800s. Once defined as part of Sonoma County's Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain AVA's, Bennett Valley overlaps with these winegrowing regions but carves out 8,150 acres to call its own (of which 850 acres are planted with grapevines). Three mountains define Bennett Valley and also serve to capture a cool maritime air stream which promotes a cooler, longer growing season that results in more complex wines.