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Gloria Ferrer Merlot Carneros 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

• This is out 8th Carneros Merlot release • 100% Carneros Merlot • 72% Estate Vineyards, 19% Robledo Vineyards, 9% JPG Vineyards • Vines were well-balanced, with moderate pruning weights and yields • Grapes were de-stemmed, lightly crushed and fermented at 85F. A three-day cold soak softened and broadened the tannins, promoted color extraction and enhanced aromatics • Gentle pump-overs three times daily extracted maximum color, flavors and tannins • The wine was racked and returned to barrel every three months • Aged for 12 months in small French (87%) and American (13%) oak barrels, one-third new. Coopers included Billon, Francois Frères, Vicard and Kelvin • Bottled unfined

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Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards:
As the first sparkling wine house in California’s renowned Carneros region, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was established in 1986. Gloria Ferrer embodies Spanish winegrowing history, time-honored tradition, and centuries-old sustainable practices in creating exceptional sparkling and estate varietal wines blended to pair perfectly with food. With most of our 335-acre estate dedic... Read more
As the first sparkling wine house in California’s renowned Carneros region, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was established in 1986. Gloria Ferrer embodies Spanish winegrowing history, time-honored tradition, and centuries-old sustainable practices in creating exceptional sparkling and estate varietal wines blended to pair perfectly with food. With most of our 335-acre estate dedicated to Pinot Noir, we are steadfast in our belief that this enigmatic variety brings a timeless grace to our sparkling and estate varietal wines. The Ferrer family’s culture of generosity is expressed in their commitment to high-quality, affordable wines for everyone to enjoy. Celebrate Spain in Sonoma overlooking our Carneros estate vineyards. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country, located 40 miles north of San Francisco at the southern tip of the county. While our wines are pure California, our culture is a charismatic blend of vibrant Spanish tradition and casual Sonoma County elegance — providing the ideal entry point for a California wine country experience with a global twist. Guests are encouraged to savor the breathtaking views of Carneros vineyards from our Vista Terrace, while sipping a glass of Gloria Ferrer sparkling or estate varietal wine. Our Sonoma Visitor Center is open every day from 10am - 5pm, with wine service available until 4:45 p.m. Guided winery tours are offered daily at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Cost is $10 per person and includes 2 sparkling wine tastes. Read less

Member Reviews for Gloria Ferrer Merlot Carneros

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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3.50 5
03/13/2011

a little dusty earth on the nose, more fruit on the palate, a bright dark and red fruit combo, solid tannic backbone, smoother and more delicious with the filet I was eating


Snooth User: mtnjim
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4.00 5
03/08/2011

dark, velvety, soft...mmmmmm :-) got it at bargain price of $11.99 at Liquor Max Loveland!



Tasting Notes:

The 2006 Merlot offers abundant aromas of ripe plum and black cherry with background hints of mocha and cedar. On the palate, the wine is lush, supple, and elegantly structured, with rich, bright cherry and wild berry flavors persisting amid well-integrated tannins. Immediately approachable, this Merlot will benefit from cellaring for five to ten years.

• This is out 8th Carneros Merlot release • 100% Carneros Merlot • 72% Estate Vineyards, 19% Robledo Vineyards, 9% JPG Vineyards • Vines were well-balanced, with moderate pruning weights and yields • Grapes were de-stemmed, lightly crushed and fermented at 85F. A three-day cold soak softened and broadened the tannins, promoted color extraction and enhanced aromatics • Gentle pump-overs three times daily extracted maximum color, flavors and tannins • The wine was racked and returned to barrel every three months • Aged for 12 months in small French (87%) and American (13%) oak barrels, one-third new. Coopers included Billon, Francois Frères, Vicard and Kelvin • Bottled unfined

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Aged 12 months in French Oak.

Notes: 87% French and 13% American oak barrels, one-third new. Coopers included Billon, Francois Frères, Vicard and Kelvin


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