| 2004 Merriam Vineyards Merlot Windacre Vineyard|
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 89
Alcohol by volume: 14.2%
Price at time of purchase: $30.00 (Winery)
Principal varietal(s): 81% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc
This flavorful and fairly-priced Merlot, from a small vineyard at the northern end of the Russian River appellation, has something of the forward fruitiness and chewy texture of a California Syrah. Rich aromas and flavors of dark currants, dark cherry, milk chocolate, and coffee, along with a nice dose of spiciness. Good grip in the mouth and finish. Drinking beautifully now. - HK 2009-12-08
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