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2006 Merlot


"Cherries, chocolate and caramel abound in this downright juicy young Merlot, and it shows the kind of keen balance, involving depth and insistent finish to make a good case for a few years of keeping. That said, the wine is rounded and open and quite easy to taste now, and its near-term temptations are sure to be hard to ignore." --Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine


"Soft, seductive and sexy, this is a Merlot that lives up to the stereotype of this variety rather than living down to it, as we can add one more 's' for 'structured.' The gorgeous fruit notes, recalling black plums and dark cherries, are framed and firmed by very ripe, fine-grained tannins and tastefully restrained oak. These components provide just the right counterpoint to the sweet ripeness of the fruit and enable the wine to stand up to serious food--though it may not make it to the table if you open it to have a sip too long beforehand." --Online Wine Review


"Ripe and smooth, with intense cherry and blackberry character laced with rich chocolate and appealing herbal notes. Shows a bit of grip on the otherwise supple finish. Ready to drink now and over the next 3-4 years."


2006 Merlot

Mendocino Ridge

Estate bottled

0.67 T.A., 3.75 pH

14.1% alcohol

100% French oak

Barrel aged 18 months

Suggested cellaring: up to 5 years

Bottled August 27, 2008

Release date: October 2008

525 cases produced




Double Gold, San Diego International

Gold, Riverside International

Silver, San Francisco Chronicle

Silver, New World International

Silver, Pacific Rim International

Silver, West Coast International