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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.
Our 2007 Twomey Merlot is a beautiful example of what this noble variety can achieve in
an excellent vintage: suppleness, complexity and great expression of berry fruit. It has a
dark ruby color and a nose of fresh, ripe black cherry and blackberry, dark chocolate and
what the French call "torifaction," the alluring smell of roasting coffee. On the palate,
it has an attack full of explosive fruit and violets prolonged by plenty of umami, the savory
fifth taste. It has a long finish echoing berry fruit and chocolate and grainy well-integrated
tannins that promise excellent cellaring potential. This Merlot will continue to give
drinking pleasure through 2022.
Twomey Cellars originated with a remarkable vineyard, the Soda Canyon Ranch in southeastern Napa Valley, which the Duncan family - owners of Silver Oak Cellars - acquired in 1999. Planted with the finest French clones in well-drained volcanic soils, the Merlot that is grown there possesses such extraordinary complexity that it calls for a wine of its own. Silver Oak's winemaker,...Read More About Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
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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