Gloria Ferrer Merlot Carneros 2006
• 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
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
dark, velvety, soft...mmmmmm :-) got it at bargain price of $11.99 at Liquor Max Loveland!
Food Pairings for Gloria Ferrer Merlot Carneros
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.
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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