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2012 Clos Cantenac Merlot "Grand Cru"

Winery: Clos Cantenac

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Grand Cru"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 100% Merlot

Region: Bordeaux

State or country: France

Price: $75

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 91.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: November 17, 2016

Wine Review: This dark red colored Merlot from Saint Emilion is very good. It opens with a very fragrant ripe strawberry with a hint of rose and craisin. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, smooth and shows quite a bit of structure for a Merlot. The flavor profile is a gentle mineral influenced mild strawberry and cherry blend with a hint of cedar and touch of pomegranate and wintermint. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins stick around for a little while. This Merlot is food friendly and would pair well with captains cut prime rib. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Good aromatic range on the nose, starting with notes of blackberries and cassis enhanced by spicy notes of cinnamon and pepper. The palate is elegant showing lush fresh berries and bright red fruits and black cherries. It is tightly coiled but shows good weight and structure, with fine velvety tannins and a long seductive finish.

Organic status: not organic

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