Ghost Pines Winemakers Blend Merlot 2011 Wine Review

Ghost Pines Winemakers Blend Merlot 2011
Ghost Pines Winemakers Blend Merlot 2011
Ghost Pines Winemakers Blend Merlot 2011
California, United States
Community Score: 4.5/5
Community Reviews: 2
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Product #: 135384
SAQ Product #: 11461988

Price: $19.95
Alcohol: 13.9%
Drink: 2013-2016
Sweetness: Dry
Bottle size: 750 ml
Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Ghost Pines
Agent: E&J Gallo Winery Canada Ltd.
More Vintages: 2010  2007  2006  Add New Vintage 
August 3, June 18, March 5 and February 26.

Natalie's Score: 90/100

Mocha, 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 was reviewed September 12, 2013 by

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Darlene Myers CAPS Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

I was given this Merlot from a friend of mine as a Christmas gift, and I recently opened it. Beautiful Merlot that will go hand in hand with a stuffed pork tenderloin, or chops done on the grill. A rich full-bodied wine with dark cherry flavors, smoke and toasty oak from both French and American oak. A beautiful wine that I will definitely buy again.
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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