Blackstone Winery Merlot Sonoma County 2007
At Blackstone Winery, we believe in creating approachable and enjoyable wines from premium vineyards throughout California. Our 2007 Winemaker’s Select Merlot is a fruit-forward, expressive wine with vivid and accessible flavors. Carefully selecting vineyards that showcase the nuances of the Merlot grape variety help achieve our goal of crafting a distinctive California red wine. In 2007 the weather was very dry. The vineyards saw a minimal amount of rain, and temperatures remained cool throughout the winter and spring. The mild winter and spring delayed bud break and extended the harvest overall, enabling the fruit to develop slowly. Yields were significantly smaller than past vintages, but the quality of the fruit was excellent. Our 2007 Blackstone Winemaker’s Select Merlot displays toasted oak and brown sugar aromas followed by bright raspberry and plush black cherry flavors. Round and expressive, this complex but accessible wine pairs perfectly with beef tenderloin, wild mushroom stew, or planked salmon.
Editorial Reviews for Blackstone Winery Merlot Sonoma County
Light tobacco and nilla wafer notes greet the nose with hightones of gingery oak spice framing the cherry fruit. This is a bit light on the palate with a bit of a loose feel with very soft tannins, though there is plenty of acidity. The fruit is a bit on the candied side with a sweet raspberry and red plum core that has notes of mint and chocolate adding interest. The tannins gain traction on the backend and through the moderately long candied red fruit, mint and coffee tinged finish. 87pts
A touch meaty and spicy at first but this quickly shows it’s true colors adding strong notes of cocoa to the nose over a base of fresh and dried plummy fruit. On the palate this is a bit drying, showing noticeably wood tannin, but underneath that is a soft, round, medium bodied wine with nice bright fruit. The tannins are aggressive right through the mid-palate and while not really very tannic, they do remain the focus of attention. On the backend flavors of spicy cinnamon and allspice emerge as the fruit begins to assert itself, but the tannin win the battle as they recover the fruit on the finish. Aromatically there is a lot to like here and even on the palate there are glimpses of a nice, fresh, red plummy wine lurking under the tannins, but this needs some time to allow the tannins to soften and integrate. 86pts
Black peppper and paprika on the nose, with mint, bay leaf, and cardamom. Best described as smoked herbal sausage. The mouth has good tannins, and there's a buttery texture that stays on the palate for a long time. I could drink a few glasses.
aromas of varying blueberries, blackberries, raspberries with a little eucalyptus, medium bodied, nice acidity, red and dark fruit components on the palate as well
Great spicy attack and ripe ripe ripe cherry finish.
Warm dark ruby, aromas of red stone fruits and tobacco, black cherry, black plum notes framed by firm tanning on the back of good acidity to a long, focused finished. Not a wimpy Merlot, but not a bruiser either.
A popular fruity wine with people in general. Great nicer party wine.
Earthy and dark wood, rich black cherry color, hint of plum, cinnamon and dark chocolate, inky purple
Dark berries, luscious and juicy. A little sweet. Rich and full. Reminds me of Steve Brule, 'Sweet berry wine!'
External Reviews for Blackstone Winery Merlot Sonoma County
Soft and supple, with spice, black cherry and pomegranate flavors that fold into fresh herb and cedar notes. Drink now through 2005.
Has mocha and vanilla flavors, but also an edge of sourness. It's plump in the mouth, with soft tannins; oak is heavy on the finish.
Packed with berry and spice aromas, this rustic wine has jagged tannins. It's your basic table red, with good acidity, alcohol, a deep color and ripe flavors. Best of all, the price tag is just right.
Wonderfully delicious year after year, the 2000 Blackstone is filled with ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit, a core of toasty oak, and a silky mouthfeel. The mild tannins and somewhat off-dry finish make this a great choice by itself or paired with grilled vegetables or classic roast chicken.
Black cherry flavors come with the spiciness of wood in this warm, soy sauce scented Merlot. It's a simple red for burgers.
A rich wine with a smooth texture and ripe fruit flavors of plum, blackberry and vanilla cream; a real crowd pleaser.
Rich fruit aromas, elegance, supple oak character and soft tannins. With lifted dark cherry and berry aromas and a touch of spicy clove, this wine is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The texture is ripe and soft in the mouth, with bright cherry fruit flavors and a soft, lingering finish.
Food Pairings for Blackstone Winery Merlot Sonoma County
|Alcohol: 13.5%||pH: 3.54|
|Total Acidity: 6.0 grams per liter|
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