Ghost Pines Winemakers Blend Merlot 2011 Wine Review
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Natalie's Score: 90/100Mocha, dark chocolate and espresso on the nose from generous oak aging. Full-bodied and smooth with lots of layers of fleshy black plums. Try it tonight with grilled pork chops.
Merlot food pairings: grilled meats and poultry, hearty tomato-based pastas.
This Ghost Pines Winemakers Blend Merlot 2011 was reviewed September 12, 2013
by Natalie MacLean
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|Winemaker Notes: The grapes for Ghost Pines Merlot 2006 were gently delivered whole-berry to the fermenter, eliminating harsh bitterness while maximizing fresh fruit characters. Upon arrival, the grapes were inoculated with Bordeaux yeast strain, optimal for the fermentation of premium Merlot. Fermentation completed in an average of 8 days with temperatures not exceeding 880F, producing clean, expressive Merlot character. To create a more complex mouthfeel, 100% of our Merlot completed malolactic fermentation, contributing a complex texture to the already deep, layered flavors. Taste Profile: Employing dual County appellation sourcing for Ghost Pines Merlot 2006, our winemaker was able to blend a wine which accentuates the best of what Napa and Sonoma Merlot has to offer. Napa County Merlot provides lush, jammy, ripe fruit into the blend in a free-spirited manner. The Sonoma County Merlot adds fresh red and black fruits along with a strong structural foundation in a disciplined manner. The result is a wine that exhibits the best of both appellations. Our Merlot displays aromas and flavors highlighted by fresh blackberry and deep red jams along with subtle nuttiness, dried oats and sweet toast.|
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