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2012 Matanzas Creek Merlot "Sonoma County"

Winery: Matanzas Creek

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Sonoma County"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 98% Merlot & 2% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Sonoma County

State or country: CA

Price: $30

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 89.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: September 4, 2015

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Merlot from Matanzas Creek was recommended by the panel. It opens with a fragrant red raspberry bouquet with hints of vanilla, black cherry and toasted oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, easy going, and displays nice fresh fruit. Those fruits are black cherry and black plum blend with hints of oak, cinnamon and minerality. The finish is dry and its mild tannins build up and linger. The panel suggested pairing this nice Merlot with a juicy Angus burger off the grill or with roast pork. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Within the complex profile of our Sonoma County Merlot you will find a triumvirate of red, black and blue fruits. The nose opens to a medley of red cherry and raspberry, Satsuma plum and sage, with a hint of cocoa powder in the background. The palate is sleek and savory, framed by vibrant acidity and seamless tannins with notes of black slate and graphite that carry through to a lengthy yet elegant finish.

Organic status: not organic

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