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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. 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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Hartwell Vineyards:
Bob Hartwell's passion for wine stems from his decades as an avid collector. Bob, a fourth generation Californian, has over thirty years of success in the aerospace and plumbing industries. As a successful manufacturer of quality products, Bob has never been a stranger to striving for quality over quantity at any cost. He has always known that the best quality materials result in the best quali... Read more
Bob Hartwell's passion for wine stems from his decades as an avid collector. Bob, a fourth generation Californian, has over thirty years of success in the aerospace and plumbing industries. As a successful manufacturer of quality products, Bob has never been a stranger to striving for quality over quantity at any cost. He has always known that the best quality materials result in the best quality products. Bob's obsession with producing the best didn't stop at the manufacturing plant. Bob knew that fulfilling the dream of owning his own vineyard meant finding the best place to grow the best Cabernet Sauvignon. With the help of a respected wine consultant, he found the property he had been searching for. The unplanted hillside in the Stag's Leap District, now Hartwell Estate, was the birthplace of his dream. Dick Grace shared his Bouche Clone from Grace Family Vineyards, and collaborated with Bob on Hartwell's very first production. In 1990 after 22 months in new French oak barrels, the wine, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, was released with explosive success. This established the tradition of quality and style that continues to distinguish Hartwell wines. In addition to making great wine, Blanca and Bob Hartwell are dedicated to the tradition of charitable giving. Their ongoing philanthropic efforts are instrumental to organizations that improve the lives of children. Read less

Member Reviews for Hartwell Vineyards Merlot Stags Leap District Estate Grown

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Snooth User: keangary
10224915
3.50 5
11/30/2008

Lush, dark, full bodied, fruit, spice


Snooth User: Daniel Petroski
30091696
1.00 5
01/28/2008

One glass


External Reviews for Hartwell Vineyards Merlot Stags Leap District Estate Grown

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

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.



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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