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Wente Vineyards Merlot Arroyo Seco Sandstone 2006
Fermentation: Each vineyard was harvested separately and fermented in upright fermenters. Rack and return, which is the process of draining all of the free-run juice off the cap and then returning the free-run juice back over the top of the fermenter, was performed twice daily. This method increases the color and tannin extractions and improves mouthfeel through the integration of oxygen. Aging: Each blend was aged separately, with part in neutral French and American oak for at least six months prior to blending.
i rarely buy merlot but thought i'd give the varietal another try. maybe i picked the wrong one because this was not impressive. i was expecting exactly what the "what to expect" notes above (dark berry fruit, cocoa, soft) but this did not deliver. won't give up on merlot just yet.
Food Pairings for Wente Vineyards Merlot Arroyo Seco Sandstone
On the pallet, this Merlot is full-bodied, but with a smooth midpalate that showcases aromas and flavors of blackberry and spice, accented by hints of licorice and tobacco.