Flesh-textured ripe plum, cherry and clear currant, with notes of blackberry, dark chocolate, cedar and French bread oakiness.

2002 Merlot

Mendocino Ridge

Estate bottled

10% Cabernet Sauvignon

0.66 T.A., 3.59 pH

14.1% alcohol

100% French oak

Barrel aged 20 months

Suggested cellaring: up to 5 years

Bottled September 8, 2004

Released October 1, 2005

300 cases produced

$25

Awards

Gold, Orange County Fair

Gold, Mendocino County Fair

Silver, Los Angeles County Fair

Silver, West Coast International

Silver, San Francisco International

Silver, California State Fair

Silver, San Diego International

Bronze, Pacific Rim International

Bronze, New World International

Bronze, San Francisco Chronicle