Matanzas Creek Merlot 2004
from Sonoma County, California
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.
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