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Paul Hobbs Michael Black Vineyard Merlot 2002

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Winemaker Notes

Paul Hobbs Michael Black Vineyard Merlot typically offers enticing aromas of dried herb, black cherry, and sweet vanilla. Ripe, rich mouth-filling flavors of blackberry and truffle. The stylish, sweet fruit flavors are broad across the mid-palate, with a firm tannic backbone. This is an elegant wine that will continue to unfold its charms for several years to come.

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Wine Spectator
An awesome Merlot. Ripe, rich, generous style, with layers of fleshy currant, wild berry and blackberry fruit, shaded by cedary oak, sage and subtle herbal notes. The flavors pick up momentum and fan out on the finish, revealing extra dimensions of flavor and depth.
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 Merlot Michael Black Vineyard has a saturated bluish/black color and a big, sweet nose of espresso roast, blackberries, cherries, and smoke. It is long, opulent, with amazing concentration, a huge mid-palate, and a blockbuster finish.
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Paul Hobbs has built his winery's portfolio from the ground up on a foundation of strong, collaborative relationships with the growers of some of Napa's and Sonoma's most compelling and historical properties. Meticulous vineyard management followed by minimally-invasive winemaking techniques is Paul Hobbs approach for producing wines that express their vineyard origins with utmost finesse, complexity and authenticity; in other words, wines with a sense of place. As a winemaker, Paul is highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards along with his pioneering, innovative work with new and historical sites and regions. His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trendsetter to truffle-hunting dog. He founded Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991, Vina Cobos in 1999 and is a leading consultant winemaker around the globe.

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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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