Matanzas Creek Merlot 2013
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|Region||California, Sonoma County|
Well-built and focused, with aromas of currant and dusty tomato leaf and trim flavors of red plum, sage and cedar. Drink now through 2026. 11,426 cases made.
The producer sources fruit among several appellations for this varietal wine, coaxing a wealth of full-bodied flavor and succulence into its mix of cedar, sage, black cherry and oak. The firm tannin profile provides a structured foundation.
I tasted four separate Merlots from the great 2013 vintage for Bordeaux varieties. The 2013 Merlot Sonoma is their largest production cuvÃ©e of 11,500 cases. It is 98.5% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 27% new French oak. The wine is excellent, with notes of charcoal, chocolate, mocha, black cherries and plums, medium body, low acidity and soft, silky tannins. Drink it over the next 7-10 years.