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Jekel Vineyards Monterey Merlot 2002

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Ruby red in the glass. Heavy phenolic feel on the nose. Big Kirsch aroma with hints of cocoa nib, red licorice, iron and stone. Full bodied palate. Flavors of kirsch, black cherry skin, plum, some stone and a metallic edge. It's still plenty bold and dry with remaining big tannin and big acid. This would be well suited to food, especially a fatty beef dish. Some herbal notes emerge on the aftertaste and the overall cherry liquer quality lingers long. Some tartness from a currant suggestion. Touch out of balance in flavor for me. Acid and alcohol though only 13.5% seem a touch hot. 77 pts. 5/13/13

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Varietal: Merlot
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Jekel:
Jekel Vineyards, founded in 1972, is recognized as one of the early pioneers in crafting world-class wines from Monterey County. Since our first vintage in 1978, we have built an international following for our critically acclaimed, premium Rieslings, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Bordeaux blends. Jekel Vineyards...the real meaning of Monterey. Subtle and refined flavors crafted from the heart of the Monterey Appellation.
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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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1.50 5
05/13/2013

Ruby red in the glass. Heavy phenolic feel on the nose. Big Kirsch aroma with hints of cocoa nib, red licorice, iron and stone. Full bodied palate. Flavors of kirsch, black cherry skin, plum, some stone and a metallic edge. It's still plenty bold and dry with remaining big tannin and big acid. This would be well suited to food, especially a fatty beef dish. Some herbal notes emerge on the aftertaste and the overall cherry liquer quality lingers long. Some tartness from a currant suggestion. Touch out of balance in flavor for me. Acid and alcohol though only 13.5% seem a touch hot. 77 pts. 5/13/13




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