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2005 Merriam Vineyards Merlot "Windacre Vineyard"

Merriam 2005 Windacre Merlot

Winery: Merriam Vineyards

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Windacre Vineyard"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 93% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $25

Cases produced: 1,100

KWG Score: 87.5 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: February 18, 2010

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Merlot is one of Peter's best Merlot's yet. That was the consensus of our group at this year’s Boston Wine Expo. It opens with a concentrated black raspberry and blueberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a ripe and concentrated red raspberry with hints of oak and hint of oak in the background. The finish is dry and its tingly tannins linger for quite sometime. I would pair this wine with a messy rack of barbecue ribs. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: A delicious balance of earth and fruit, this wine is marked by aromas of leather and cherry cola that give way to flavors of violets and blueberry on the palate. A velvety mouthfeel with soft tannins and a lingering finish, this wine is a perfect pairing with lighter meat dishes such as lamb or duck.

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