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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Sourced from their vineyards in Sonoma County's Bennett Valley, Matanzas Creek 2004 Merlot is skillfully blended
by Winemaker François 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.
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,...Read More About Matanzas Creek
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...Read More About Sonoma County
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...Read More About Merlot
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