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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 ... Read more
Funky vegetal anise aroma. Nicely balanced black fruit in the body, with a little green pepper on the finish Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Bonterra Merlot
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
Funky vegetal anise aroma. Nicely balanced black fruit in the body, with a little green pepper on the finish
smooth for cheap
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.
Dark fruit and oak. I liked this wine.
Dark cherries and leather with noticeable acid and well-balanced flavors
Really enjoyed this.
Fricken golden wine. Goes good with food from tilted kilt (palm springs)
External Reviews for Bonterra Merlot
Last year's release was the best Bonterra Merlot ever. This one's right up there. It'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.
Juicy and chewy, with black cherry, violet, plum and black currant tones, nicely framed by modest tannin, eucalyptus and toasty oak character. Drink now through 2006.
Ultra-fruity, offing waves of ripe black cherries, plums, currants and cola, accented with sweet, vanilla-scented oak. Good and dry, with rich tannins, but would benefit from greater restraint and subtlety. Drink now.
Ripe tannins with rich cherry-berry and currant flavors are highlighted by a gentle top note of sweet oak-spice from barrel aging that carries through the velvety finish.
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.
Bonterra means "good earth," a fitting name for Fetzer'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.
Merlot is one of our most distinctive expressions, thanks to the nuances that vintner Dave Koball has discovered in our vineyards. 2009 was a cool, dry year with a late harvest that allowed the grapes to slowly mature and produce optimum flavors.
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