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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Jade Mountain Caldwell Vineyard Merlot 1999
Jade Mountain Caldwell Vineyard Merlot 1999
(search item no. 52727)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Caldwell Merlot's enduring charm and lively fruit make it irresistible from the outset.

The aromas of loganberry and warm, baked raspberry pie are as inviting as they are comforting. Nicely integrated creamy French oak keeps this wine light on its feet, adding a spicy toast component to the fruit. The blending of 9% Cabernet Sauvignon lends a core of cassis fruit and rounded tannins. On the palate the texture is seamless and begs to be paired with richly flavored reduction sauces. This is a perfectly balanced, medium weight Merlot with characteristic softness and roundness. Enjoy this Merlot now, with grilled steak, at Thanksgiving dinner or with savory winter meals.

-Douglas Danielak, Winemaker

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About Jade Mountain:

Since 1988, Jade Mountain has been a pioneer in the production of Rhône-style California wines. The winery was founded with the belief that carefully chosen California vineyard sites planted to Rhône grape varieties can achieve quality on a par with the best from France and Australia.

Paras Vineyard, Jade Mountain's flagship vineyard, rests on the upper slopes of Mount Veeder, overlooking the Napa Valley. With rocky vine terraces and eastern exposures reminiscent of the finest Northern Rhône vineyards, Paras Vineyard grows Syrah and other Rhône grapes of truly exciting quality. From this and other select vineyards, Jade Mountain creates Syrah, Mourvèdre, Viognier and a proprietary southern Rhône-style blend called La Provençale

Jade Mountain uses only the highest-quality grapes and practices traditional winemaking techniques to produce wines displaying intense fruit and spice and silky smoothness on the palate. These wines are appealing in their youth as well as eminently age-worthy.