Matanzas Creek Journey Merlot 1999

Merlot from Sonoma County, California

Price: $139.99 $79.99
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Item No. 61489

Winemaker's Notes

From the beginning, the owners, winemakers, growers and staff of Matanzas Creek Winery were aware that they were devoted to a seemingly impossible quest: to make wines that would be counted among the world's finest. This quest led them to winemaking methodology driven by research, experimentation and constant refinement. The true origins of the Journey program lie in that method. The wine was christened "Journey" as an ode to the process of discovery that has defined Matanzas Creek Winery for over twenty years. Tasting through the barrels of each new vintage, the winemaking team seeks the few that display the density of fruit that has become the hallmark of the winery's flagship bottling. Once selected, the blend is further refined to craft a wine with firm structure and great depth of fruit and complexity of nuance. This rigorous selection has always resulted in the declassification of some lots, in fact some years yield no Journey wine. This should not be considered an indictment of the vintage as a whole, but rather as a testament to the special character of Journey wines and their ultimate rarity.

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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,...

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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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