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"If not among the bolder, more heavily extracted Merlots, this well-made, mid-sized offering comes complete with nicely ripened cherry-like fruit and a good dollop of sweet oak. It hits the mark in both texture and balance as well, and its plush, minimally tannic style makes it easy to recommend for drinking with but two or three years of additional age." -- Connoisseurs' Guide

 

90 "Contains 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it speaks loudly, with strong, flashy black currant, cedar, plum and chocolate. A flashy, oaky wine. Very pretty stone fruit and berry flavors; dry and complex. Nice wine." -- Wine Enthusiast Magazine

 

1997 Merlot

Estate bottled

Mendocino Ridge

78% Merlot

22% Cabernet Sauvignon

0.53 T.A., 3.80 pH

13.5% alcohol

Bottled April 14, 1999

Released July 1, 1999

1690 cases produced

$24.00

 

Awards

Gold, Best of Class, New World International Wine Competition

Gold, Mendocino County Fair

Gold, National Orange Show

Gold, San Francisco International Wine Competition

Silver, Riverside InternationalWine Competition

Silver, West CoastWine Competition

Silver, Los Angeles County Fair

Bronze, San Diego National Wine Competition

Bronze, California State Fair