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"This wine has a smooth, rich bouquet of berry, black cherry, plum, chocolate and cedar before a bright palate with cherry and raspberry dominant plus significant tannins and some oak underneath." -- The Colorado Wine News


86 "Best in Market - particularly good value - Plum, currant, herb and toasty oak flavors are forward, with chewy tannins firming up in the finish." -- Wine Spectator


1998 Merlot

Estate bottled

Mendocino Ridge

88% Merlot

12% Cabernet Sauvignon

0.64 T.A., 3.54 pH

13.5% alcohol

Bottled May 3, 2000

Released October 1, 2000

875 cases produced




Gold, National Orange Show

Silver, Mendocino County Fair

Silver, New World International Wine Competition

Silver, San Diego National Wine Competition

Bronze, West Coast Wine Competition

Bronze, Riverside International Wine Competition

Bronze, California State Fair

Bronze, Orange County Fair