Bonterra Vineyards Merlot Mendocino County 2008
Merlot is one of our most distinctive expressions, thanks to the nuances that vigneron Dave Koball has discovered in our vineyards. The 2008 vintage comprises lots of Merlot from our own Los Cerros and McNab Ranch vineyards, as well as the Milovina vineyard. A long growing season and a 50-year frost event produced a low fruit yield with concentrated flavors. The grapes were harvested at optimum maturity to capture the ripe fruit flavors and avoid harsh tannins. The lots were fermented separately and underwent full malolactic fermentation before being combined to create the final blend. The heritage of Bordeaux can be experienced in the blend, with added touches of Syrah, Zinfandel, and Carignane. The wine was aged for eight months using a combination French and American oak of which 40% was new. The resulting 2008 vintage has aromas of black plums, dark cherries and cranberries with flavors of 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.
We've been farming organically since 1987. Because it's our belief that organic grapes make better wine.
Editorial Reviews for Bonterra Vineyards Merlot Mendocino County
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
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 Vineyards Merlot Mendocino County
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.
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.
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.
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.