Blackstone Winery Merlot Sonoma County 2007

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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 pl... Read more

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... Read more

Black peppper and paprika on the nose, with mint, bay leaf, and cardamom. Best described as smoked herbal sausage. The mouth has good tannins, an... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Blackstone Winery Merlot Sonoma County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065197,638
3.00 5
05/06/2010

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065197,638
3.50 5
12/14/2009

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


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,528
3.50 5
05/06/2010

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.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,201
3.00 5
08/13/2010

aromas of varying blueberries, blackberries, raspberries with a little eucalyptus, medium bodied, nice acidity, red and dark fruit components on the palate as well


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,960
3.00 5
06/23/2009

Great spicy attack and ripe ripe ripe cherry finish.


Snooth User: InWineTruth
2201061,634
4.00 5
05/17/2010

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.


Snooth User: basilwino
2282621,039
3.00 5
08/06/2009

A popular fruity wine with people in general. Great nicer party wine.


Snooth User: nvansicklen
211788549
4.00 5
08/13/2010

Earthy and dark wood, rich black cherry color, hint of plum, cinnamon and dark chocolate, inky purple


Snooth User: troyconquer
156663458
3.50 5
06/23/2009

Dark berries, luscious and juicy. A little sweet. Rich and full. Reminds me of Steve Brule, 'Sweet berry wine!'

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External Reviews for Blackstone Winery Merlot Sonoma County

External Review
10/15/2009

Rich fruit aromas, elegance, supple oak characters 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.


External Review
06/01/2009

A huge staff favorite. This wine is soft and packed with cherry flavors, with vanilla notes on the nose and a touch of chocolate on the palate. Pass on dessert: you can just have another glass.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

Soft and supple, with spice, black cherry and pomegranate flavors that fold into fresh herb and cedar notes. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

Simple, but round, with currant, plum and herbal tones framed by vanilla. Drink now.


External Review
05/18/2011

Very dry, somewhat tannic, and with jammy plum, currant and herb flavors, this wine is a good value in a full-bodied dinner red. It's balanced and fresh, and the somewhat sharp acids will cut through lamb or steak.


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Ratings & Tags for Blackstone Winery Merlot Sonoma County

374878 Snooth User: BrianneL
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3.50 5
02/05/2010

494192 Snooth User: dan128dr
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06/03/2010

441761 Snooth User: riperez7
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4.00 5
06/03/2010

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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.

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Chemical Analysis:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.54
Total Acidity: 6.0 grams per liter

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