LIBRARY: Merlot 2006 - 1.5L
I produced my first commercial Merlot in the 1976 vintage when it was about as well-known as Charbono is today. After several years of trying to convince folks to give it a try, its popularity grew and eventually snowballed. Of course, Bordeaux producers have worked with this grape variety for many years and it is the noble variety of the Cabernet family on the right bank of that region. Like its Cabernet cousin, Merlot’s response to well-drained soils is profound expression and firm structure in the wines grown there. Here is a Merlot of Cabernet lovers. Although 100% Merlot, the intensity, ripe cherry character and tannin structure are assembled like a Cabernet. Generously framed in mocha-like French oak, ripe berry flavors and textures coat the entire palate and beg for grilled meat. We love this one! –BF
2006 Merlot – 91 points, Wine Spectator
"Offers ripe cherry and toasty sage aromas, with concentrated and complex flavors of dried plum and herb that finish with dusty, mineral-tinged tannins."
2006 Merlot – 91 points, Connoisseurs Guide
"From this wine's first nose of sweet cherries tinged with hints of blackberry, toasted toffee, caramel and dried spices to its full, supple mouthfeel and deep, compelling, layered flavors, this is first rate Merlot."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Another fine effort is the medium-bodied, round, supple-textured, cleanly-made 2006 Merlot. Its dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by aromas of sweet black cherries, white chocolate, and spice."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"Dark red-ruby. Aromas of dark berries, plum and licorice. Supple, juicy and bright, with a gentle quality to the dark fruit and graphite flavors. Ripe acids and sweet tannins give this early appeal. This persistent Merlot is made from Peterson Ranch and other Napa Valley fruit, as well as vines on Foley's Howell Mountain property. Incidentally, the multi-talented Foley finally has his own winery with an extensive network of caves at his place in Angwin on Howell Mountain (he continues to make Hourglass and Switchback there).
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