Bonterra Vineyards Merlot Mendocino County 2007
Wine Tasting Notes In this vintage youll find aromas of blackberry pie followed quickly by pleasant toasty aromas of coffee and a slight nuttiness. A hint of violets lays over it all (if you can remove the image of rich vanilla ice cream for that blackberry pie). As you taste you find a wine full of finesse and silky, soft tannins, well balanced with concentrated and complex flavors of red and black cherry fruit. Rich and full of promise, this is a wine that clearly demonstrates why we are Passionately Organic.
We've been farming organically since 1987. Because it's our belief that organic grapes make better wine.
cherry with a touch of vanilla on the nose. some jam, and lots of cherry and red fruits, rather lengthy finish. a little oakier than i would like. score one for this nocal wine.
Very yummy wine indeed - not to heavy on the palate with layers of flavours, smooth and velvety with a fruity tang, i like it lots :)
smooth, mellow, not too dry or too sweet, just perfect ! Great paired chicken or on it's own, my fav. !
Excellent drinkability. Very smooth, not too dry. Nice dark cherry tones with a hint of vanilla.
External Reviews for Bonterra Vineyards Merlot Mendocino County
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.
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.
Fairly crisp, with boysenberry, herbal and chocolate flavors. Drink now through 2002.
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.
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.
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.
This meaty Merlot contrasts cool scents of a Mendocino redwood grove with super-ripe cherry fruit and tarry tannins; it's smooth and sharp at once. A four-square red for moussaka.