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Deerfield Ranch Merlot North Coast Cuvée 2004

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Winemaking is a combination of art and science, cooking and chemistry. Like a memorable meal, it’s first about the quality of the ingredients and then about interplay of flavors, textures and technique. Our Merlot cuvée is all this in the glass. Six of our favorite vineyards supplied the grapes. Our winemaking focused the individuality of each varietal. long barrel aging gave them texture. The blend, done by taste, married them into a harmonious, full flavored sensation, each element playing on the other, nothing out of place, every sip memorable.

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Deerfield Ranch Winery:
Deerfield Ranch Winery is an award-winning winery located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley in Kenwood, California. We specialize in small lots of handmade wine from select Northern California vineyards. Currently we have 17 vineyards under contract and make as many as 150 separate lots of wine from those vineyards. We make several wine varietals and a number of unique blends, something for ev... Read more
Deerfield Ranch Winery is an award-winning winery located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley in Kenwood, California. We specialize in small lots of handmade wine from select Northern California vineyards. Currently we have 17 vineyards under contract and make as many as 150 separate lots of wine from those vineyards. We make several wine varietals and a number of unique blends, something for everyone, a wine for every occasion. Robert Rex started making wine in 1972 in Berkeley, California. He has worked for many different wineries, started wineries for others, specializing in rebuilding wineries and starting winemaking programs for those wineries when they changed hands. He has taught winemaking and still acts as a consulting winemaker. PJ and Robert Rex bought Deerfield Ranch in 1982 and began making wine under the Deerfield Ranch label at off-site winery facilities. In 1996, the Deerfield Ranch Winery facility was bonded. A portion of our wine is still made at the 17-acre Deerfield Ranch, located in Kenwood. In 2000 the Deerfield Ranch Winery was turned into a Limited Liability Company. We purchased 47 acres of adjacent land now referred to as Deerfield Ranch North. This is the site for our new 45,000-case winery, tasting room, art gallery, hospitality center, barrel aging caves, and nature center. The nature center will feature the wetland marsh and forest that are part of this spectacular property. With the harvest of 2004 all winemaking operations were moved to this new winery facility on Highway 12 (10200 Sonoma Highway) in Kenwood. Our Winemaking style has its roots in the great French wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Winemaker Robert Rex believes that the blending of attributes creates the best wines. Grapes from complementary soil types and microclimates are often married to maximize varietal characteristics and complexity. Blends can be of different varietals, grapes from varied appellations, distinct sections of one vineyard or from wines made from the same source but by varied techniques. Robert says that wine making is more like cooking than chemistry -- and he makes wine like great chefs create great cuisine. Wine making techniques vary according to the demands of the fruit rather than any preconceived recipe. Extended fermentation times (extended maceration), controlled temperatures and extended barrel aging of our reds produce wines that are fully developed and complex yet drinkable at an early age. Both French and American oak barrels are used for barrel aging, depending on the wine. Our wines are truly handmade. We hope you enjoy drinking them as much as we enjoy making them. Tasting Room 10:30 to 4:30 daily Read less

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Snooth User: dbhonig
283711,150
2.50 5
02/15/2009

Night OneBlack fruit, red fruit, fruit fruit fruit. Lots of fruit up in your snoot. Not just fruit, there's lots of wood. Do you like wood? Some wood is good. Too much wood, though can be bad. Too much wood, it makes me sad. Fruit and wood and something more. What's that more down in the core? Tobacco from the cabernet franc, cabernet franc added to the tank. It's time to drink, to drink and think. Will it be great or will it stink?I sipped and tripped on all the oak, so much oak it's like a joke. Sure theres's fruit, it's plenty sweet, so very sweet I beat retreat. Vanilla, brown sugar, cherries and wood, too much too much is just not good. Am I being fair or just trying to rhyme? I can rhyme at any time. Just watch me go- "blow, Joe, though, fro." It's really the wine. I thought you should know. Will this be better on Night Two? Stick with me, my faithful crew.Night TwoWood defeats fruit.Sticky vanilla oak juice.Too much is too little.


Snooth User: crewfan1616
35981828
3.50 5
01/24/2010

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Deerfield Ranch Merlot North Coast Cuvée

External Review
Source: AmericanWinery.com
07/24/2009

Winemaking is a combination of art and science, cooking and chemistry. Like a memorable meal, it’s first about the quality of the ingredients and then about interplay of flavors, textures and technique. Our Merlot cuvée is all this in the glass. Six of our favorite vineyards supplied the grapes. Our winemaking focused the individuality of each varietal. long barrel aging gave them texture. The blend, done by taste, married them into a harmonious, full flavored sensation, each element playing on the other, nothing out of place, every sip memorable.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting Notes75% Merlot, 11% Cab, with Malbec and Sangiovese.We could just call it Merlot but our focus has always been on blending so with "Cuvee" we make more a point of it. The best wines are blends, its like making the best soup or sauce, its about interplay of flavors and affects. No one is better at it than Robert. Great value at this price!



Winemaking is a combination of art and science, cooking and chemistry. Like a memorable meal, it’s first about the quality of the ingredients and then about interplay of flavors, textures and technique. Our Merlot cuvée is all this in the glass. Six of our favorite vineyards supplied the grapes. Our winemaking focused the individuality of each varietal. long barrel aging gave them texture. The blend, done by taste, married them into a harmonious, full flavored sensation, each element playing on the other, nothing out of place, every sip memorable.

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