Stonestreet Merlot 2003

Merlot from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 91007
  • red wine

Winemaker's Notes

Blend: 87% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Syrah

Grown on vineyards reaching 1,800-2,400 feet above sea level, this Merlot represents the layered richness of Stonestreet's Alexander Mountain Estate. Contributing to the wine are the southeast-oriented vineyards which add intense cassis and chocolate flavors, the western vineyards which convey a mineral core and the sun-intense plateau vineyards which express bright fruit flavors and lush tannins.

"...subtle layers of spicy black fruit surrounded by notes of chocolate and coffee. The tannins are firm, smooth and round."
– Graham Weerts, Winemaker

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