Gainey Merlot 2008 Front Label
Gainey Merlot 2008 Front Label

Gainey Merlot 2008

    750ML / 14.1% ABV
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    750ML / 14.1% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Boasting a rich ruby color and fresh, sweet-smelling black cherry, red plum and blackberry aromas — complemented by whiffs of mint, tobacco and rose hips — this generous red delivers rich, fruit-centered flavors of dark cherry, plum compote and spicy blackberry. In the long, savory finish, lovely cocoa and roasted coffee bean notes emerge, along with a black tea spiciness that gives the wine a zestful kick. Smooth, yet firmly structured, with supple, well-rounded tannins, our 2008 Merlot is a testament to the superb quality of an initially challenging vintage.

    Enjoy it over the next three years with herb-roasted chicken, roast duck and game hens, simply prepared beef dishes, and black olive and mushroom pizza.

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    In 1962, Daniel C. and son Daniel J. Gainey purchased an 1,800 acre ranch on the eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley. The Gainey Ranch, a combination of cattle, farming, and Arabian horse breeding, became the largest diversified ranching operation in the valley.

    Dan J. Gainey retired in 1984 to devote himself to fulfilling his dream of making wine. In 1983, he planted 51 acres of vineyards on the northern boundary of the Gainey Ranch and in November of 1984 the 12,000 square foot Spanish-style winery opened its doors to visitors. Soon after, Dan H. Gainey joined his father and together the father-son team have set out to produce premium, hand-crafted wines made from the best vineyards in Santa Barbara County.

    With over 40 years of farming experience behind them, the Gaineys have a connection to the land that few vintners may share. Since the original vineyard planting in 1983, the Gaineys have added 32 acres to their "Home" Ranch, which is primarily planted to the Bordeaux varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In 1996, they purchased 120 acres on the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley, a cooler growing region more suitable for Burgundian varietals. In 1997, they planted 35 acres at this "Santa Rosa Hills" Ranch to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, with plans for further plantings in the years ahead.

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    The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

    Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

    While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

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    RPT75220404_2008 Item# 118356

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