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2012 Meeker Merlot "Winemakers' Handprint"

Winery: Meeker

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Winemakers' Handprint"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: Merlot

Region: Sonoma County

State or country: CA

Price: $44

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 90 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: November 2, 2016

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Merlot is a bit bigger than your typical Merlot. It also has one of the coolest bottles you will come across. It opens with an attractive mild plum and gentle black raspberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a mineral infused black raspberry with notes of plum and old oak. I also detected hints of tart black cherry in the background. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are dusty and stick around for a very long time. As a result this Merlot is on the hearty side and could benefit from a little decanting. It paired well with sausage, peppers and onions. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: In the beginning, we put our handprints on these bottles so everyone would know it was a Meeker Merlot - big, fruit-forward, full-bodied, and with tannic structure for days. Now you know what kind of wine this is! But we keep handprinting because the bottles are just so darned gorgeous. This 2012 Winemaker’s Handprint Merlot is a classic. Dark fruit like currants and cherries marry on the nose with hints of toffee and caramel. The wine explodes on your palate with more cherries, and hints of the best strawberry rhubarb pie you’ve ever had. There’s no shortage of subtle, toasty oak and big, powerful tannins throughout the palate and finish of this wine. This 2012 Handprint will age beautifully and develop more richness and roundness for years to come.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Meeker 2012 Winemakers' Handprint Merlot.

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