Sue Courtney wrote:Ravenswood Vintners Blend California Merlot 2002
Robin Garr wrote:Ravenswood was once a big name in Zinfandel, but I get the impression that the property is changing fast under multinational (Japanese) ownership...
Jenise wrote:In California, but for a dalliance with the former merlot-of-the-moment Matanzas Creek and some good experiences with wineries like Havens, Groth and Pride, I avoided merlot. Bottle after bottle from producer after producer were too soft and very red-fruited, or herbal and underripe from what I understand would be poor canopy mangement. Then I moved to Washington, and found to my delight that here merlot is an entirely different animal. It's not the red wine for people who don't actually like red wine, it's serious stuff: black and blue fruits, more structure, more layers. Definitely more to love.
Jenise wrote:Why merlot? I think it fills the same niche for me that zinfandel fills for others.
Jenise wrote:It was easy and "smooth" (the favorite compliment of non-wine geeks, in my experience.)
Bob Parsons Alberta. wrote:Anyone care to give a list of the Merlots to look out for. I am looking forward to this month although am in the white wine mode!!
Clos du Bois.
Stephen Brook in his Wines of California book goes into a lot of info about the better regions to grow Merlot. Do forumites have any special thoughts on this..Napa,Sonoma, Alexander Valley etc?
Jenise wrote:But that it didn't is exactly why you should give it another chance and look north, or to New Zealand or South Africa where it also enjoys a reputation as a serious wine. Go ahead, prove Miles wrong.
Bill--have you ever seen the send-up on Sartre making a casserole? I should dig that out and repost it on FLDG if I can find it. It's one of the single best things I've ever seen floating around the 'net.
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