Bonterra Vineyards Merlot 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

"aromas of black plums, dark cherries and a touch of oak with flavors of plums, dark berries, toasty oak and vanilla spice. In the mouth, this wine has an elegant and restrained style with nice structure and balance, soft tannins and a long finish." Winery

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Bonterra Vineyards:
We've been farming organically since 1987. Because it's our belief that organic grapes make better wine.
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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

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Editorial Reviews for Bonterra Vineyards Merlot

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,256
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 10/02/2012

2009 Bonterra Mendocino Co Merlot (Organic) 13.5% $15 Herbal and a bit leathery on the nose with soft violet, herb and dried grass accents to the attractively spicy wild berry fruit. This is soft and broad in the mouth with nicely fresh fruit flavors recalling red cherry and red currant in the mouth along with light, fresh herbal accents. The tannins are ripe and well integrated with enough acidity to add some sparkle to the midpalate. This finishes quite strongly with cherry pit fruit and a nice stony note that drives the vanilla laced wood spice through the finale. Eminently drinkable and highly recommended. 88pts Traits Acid: Medium Tannins: Soft Sweetness: Low Oak: Medium low Spicy Flavors: Low Savory Flavors: Medium Fruit flavors: Medium plus Intensity of Flavor: Medium Weight in Mouth: Medium low


Member Reviews for Bonterra Vineyards Merlot

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Snooth User: Blodfurtle
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 12/22/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 09/28/2012

Funky vegetal anise aroma. Nicely balanced black fruit in the body, with a little green pepper on the finish


Snooth User: jspigar
74889138
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 01/30/2011

smooth for cheap

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blackberry

Snooth User: Nobuyuki Morita
116032323
2.50 5
Vintage: 2010 11/20/2012

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/12/2012

Excellent soft medium-bodied wine that pairs terrifically with any pork dish. Not too fruity or oaky but just the right amount of both with a nice tasty finish.


Snooth User: Clare Goggin Sivits
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 09/28/2012

Dark fruit and oak. I liked this wine.


Snooth User: Sara Weinbrom
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 10/02/2012

Dark cherries and leather with noticeable acid and well-balanced flavors


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External Reviews for Bonterra Vineyards Merlot

External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/23/2011

"Merlot 2008 vintage has aromas of black plums


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

Herersquo;s an extremely ripe wine brimming with cherry and black raspberry jam flavors and an edge of coffee and cocoa. The bigness is balanced by rich, finely-ground tannins and firm acidity, which makes it all bright and clean. At its best now, itrsquo;s a versatile food wine.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

Last yearrsquo;s release was the best Bonterra Merlot ever. This onersquo;s right up there. Itrsquo;s rich and dry and exceedingly fruity, with long, deep cherry, blackberry and cocoa flavors complexed with coffee and herb nuances. The mouthfeel is vibrant and interesting.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/02/2010

Our blend for the vintage layers Merlot with Syrah, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, bringing great depth and complexity to the wine. Distinctive tannins will soften with age, and youll find the wine to be rich and dry, with good fruit featuring blackberry, cherry and touches of herbs, with notes of cedar


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

This meaty Merlot contrasts cool scents of a Mendocino redwood grove with super-ripe cherry fruit and tarry tannins; itrsquo;s smooth and sharp at once. A four-square red for moussaka.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

Bonterra means ldquo;good earth,rdquo; a fitting name for Fetzerrsquo;s organically farmed property. The lack of chemicals used in growing the grapes and in producing the wine allows the round, dark berry notes of Merlot to shine.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 07/26/2011

A tale of two cities: plush blackberry and plum flavors co-exist with herbal ones, and the wine is less than fully ripe ion the mouth. The grapes struggled to achieve ripeness, and there's a sharp streak of tart acidity. That said, it's the best wine that could have been made from this fine vineyard.


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"aromas of black plums, dark cherries and a touch of oak with flavors of plums, dark berries, toasty oak and vanilla spice. In the mouth, this wine has an elegant and restrained style with nice structure and balance, soft tannins and a long finish." Winery

Dietary Information: Organic


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