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91 "The winery's above-the-fog vineyard has been kind to Merlot, nearly always producing an interesting wine. The '05 has firm tannins, but long hangtime allowed the grapes to devlop luscious blackberry flavors, which smoky oak perfectly accents. A wine of charm and depth; should develop bottle complexity over the next 6 years." --Wine Enthusiast Magazine  

 

"A supple, ripely flavored wine, with intense fruitiness (blackberry, plum, cherry), and evident oak on the finish. Very long finish. Excellent."

--Restaurant Wine Magazine

2005 Merlot

Mendocino Ridge

Estate bottled

0.65 T.A., 3.58 pH

13.5% alcohol

100% French oak

Barrel aged 18 months

Suggested cellaring: up to 5 years

Bottled August 28, 2007

Release date: October 1, 2007

330 cases produced

$25

 

Awards

Silver, San Francisco Chronicle

Silver, New World International

Silver, Riverside International