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Saddleback Merlot 2005 (Napa Valley, California)
Saddleback Merlot 2005 (Napa Valley, California)

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Winery: Saddleback Cellars
Varietal: 100% Merlot
Region: Napa Valley, California
Vintage: 2005
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Appellation: Napa Valley
Varietals: 100% Merlot
Ageing and Cooperage: 18 months in 50% new French oak
Alcohol: 14.2%
Bottled: June 2nd, 2007
Released: August 1st, 2009
Cases Produced: 659 cases

Tasting Notes:
A hedonist’s dream! This delicious, concentrated wine has aromas of black currants, ripe plums, dark cherry licorice, and cocoa. It has a silky full bodied entry on the palate, with tamed/controlled tannins, plenty of sweet oak, and a luxuriously long finish. With proper storage, this wine will age admirably for ten years, however, we feel it is drinkable now. Great with a juicy T-bone steak.

Ratings & Reviews

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine:
"Beneath its ample veneer of milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel and freshly baked bread, this plump and well-ripened wine manages to show a fair bit of sweet, ripe-cherry fruit, and that fruit keeps it on the varietal track even as tannin and heat wander into the finish. Still slightly ragged and youthfully stiff, it wants for a few years of age, and those who choose to drink it now are advised to team it with richer foods." Reviewed: September 2010

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"($36; aged for 28 months in barrel) Deep red. Currant, plum, leather and smoke on the nose, with a whiff of game. Broad, supple and plummy, with a restrained sweetness and a bit of Bordeaux like funk. Finishes with fairly serious tannins and a medicinal quality. Not a particularly sweet style of merlot." - Stephen Tanzer (May/June '10)

Silver Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - 2010

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