Hartwell Vineyards Merlot Stags Leap District Estate Grown 2004

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TASTING NOTES At Hartwell, the 2004 growing season began unusually early; we saw bud break come the week of March 8. ...

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Hart Davis Hart
Chicago, IL (570 mi)
USD 45.00
750ml
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Wine Tasting NotesAromas of black cherry, baking spices, and ultra-ripe raspberries rise from the glass. On the entry, the intensity of the fruit e... Read more

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Lush, dark, full bodied, fruit, spice


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01/18/2009

Wine Tasting NotesAromas of black cherry, baking spices, and ultra-ripe raspberries rise from the glass. On the entry, the intensity of the fruit excites the senses, and layers upon layers of flavor rush across the palate. The texture of the wine is polished and silky, making the wine accessible and enjoyable now, but it will most definitely gain complexity with 3 to 5 years of bottle age.


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Winemaker's Notes:

TASTING NOTES At Hartwell, the 2004 growing season began unusually early; we saw bud break come the week of March 8. Relatively cool summer temperatures meant for good color development and proper physiological ripeness. A sustained heat wave from September 4 through September 13 accelerated the ripening, and made for a compressed harvest with yields even lower than predicted. The Merlot crop was more than 35% less than normal, making for wines of great concentration and complexity. The 2004 vintage of Hartwell Merlot is the first ever to be bottled as 100% Merlot. During blending we felt that the wine that had emerged from the fermentation tank, and gone straight to barrel, had such purity and depth on its own. In the end, we decided to bottle the wine 'as-is.' Production is small, but the wine is quite big. Aromas of black cherry, baking spices, and ultra-ripe raspberries rise from the glass. On the entry, the intensity of the fruit excites the senses, and layers upon layers of flavor rush across the palate. The texture of the wine is polished and silky, making the wine accessible and enjoyable now, but it will most definitely gain complexity with 3 to 5 years of bottle age. 100% Merlot 20 months in French oak barrels Production: 253 cases Release: April 2007

TASTING NOTES At Hartwell, the 2004 growing season began unusually early; we saw bud break come the week of March 8. Relatively cool summer temperatures meant for good color development and proper physiological ripeness. A sustained heat wave from September 4 through September 13 accelerated the ripening, and made for a compressed harvest with yields even lower than predicted. The Merlot crop was more than 35% less than normal, making for wines of great concentration and complexity. The 2004 vintage of Hartwell Merlot is the first ever to be bottled as 100% Merlot. During blending we felt that the wine that had emerged from the fermentation tank, and gone straight to barrel, had such purity and depth on its own. In the end, we decided to bottle the wine 'as-is.' Production is small, but the wine is quite big. Aromas of black cherry, baking spices, and ultra-ripe raspberries rise from the glass. On the entry, the intensity of the fruit excites the senses, and layers upon layers of flavor rush across the palate. The texture of the wine is polished and silky, making the wine accessible and enjoyable now, but it will most definitely gain complexity with 3 to 5 years of bottle age. 100% Merlot 20 months in French oak barrels Production: 253 cases Release: April 2007

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