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Napa Reserve Merlot Chicken Ranch 2005

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Vineyard InformationThe 28-acre Chicken Ranch Vineyard is located on the northern border of the Rutherford appellation. Sustainable farming methods (including Biodynamic techniques on some blocks) accompanied by low yields and aggressive canopy management produce wines that are dark, dense and packed with "Rutherford Dust."WinemakingThe 2005 season was fairly cool and the late rains provided a slow start to vine growth but the summer months brought moderate temperatures encouraging extra berry growth. After a cold pre-soak, the grapes were fermented using the rack–and return method (delestage) favored by leading Bordeaux chateaux. In addition to increasing color and flavor, this process allows for the removal of seeds, which reduces astringency and produces more supple tannins. To further soften tannins and create a more generous texture, the wine was exposed to air during fermentation and barrel aging.Tasting NotesAll of our vineyards yield wines that are distinct and recognizable from year to year. The signature flavors for Chicken Ranch are earth and dried herbs. This 2005 is textbook Rutherford Merlot. The color is deep, the nose is ripe and tinged with olives, leather and sage, and the flavors are ripe and lush.Wine InformationComposition: 85.25% Merlot, 14.75% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Aging:5 0% French, 27% American, 23% Hungarian oakAlcohol: 13.8% pH: 3.57T.A.: .60g/100mlCases: 5600 6-pack casesRelease Date:July 2007

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Trinchero Napa Valley:
'The Trincher Napa Valley winery is a work of art unto itself- -the perfect place to craft our new luxury wines. As an architect, this Project has been especially meaningful to me. No detail was overlooked and we worked tirelessly to not only malce this a great functioning winery, but to also make it a place for friends and family to gather'

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Snooth User: cheftracey
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09/30/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Napa Reserve Merlot Chicken Ranch

External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
04/30/2010

Trinchero Napa Reserves Merlot Chicken Ranch 2005 and all other premium wine from Trinchero Napa Reserves available at discounted prices at CheaperCigars.com. We also carry many other premium wine lables from USA and all over the world.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesAll of our vineyards yield wines that are distinct and recognizable from year to year. The signature flavors for Chicken Ranch are earth and dried herbs. This is textbook Rutherford Merlot. The color is deep, the nose is ripe and tinged with olives, leather and sage, and the flavors are ripe and lush.


External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

This ruby red Merlot displays all of the classic characteristics of the Rutherford appellation. Complex aromas of cedar and earth are highlighted with red berry, spice and vanilla.


External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
03/15/2009

The signature flavors for Chicken Ranch are earth and dried herbs. This is textbook Rutherford Merlot. The color is deep, the nose is ripe and tinged with olives, leather and sage, and the flavors are ripe and lush.



Vineyard InformationThe 28-acre Chicken Ranch Vineyard is located on the northern border of the Rutherford appellation. Sustainable farming methods (including Biodynamic techniques on some blocks) accompanied by low yields and aggressive canopy management produce wines that are dark, dense and packed with "Rutherford Dust."WinemakingThe 2005 season was fairly cool and the late rains provided a slow start to vine growth but the summer months brought moderate temperatures encouraging extra berry growth. After a cold pre-soak, the grapes were fermented using the rack–and return method (delestage) favored by leading Bordeaux chateaux. In addition to increasing color and flavor, this process allows for the removal of seeds, which reduces astringency and produces more supple tannins. To further soften tannins and create a more generous texture, the wine was exposed to air during fermentation and barrel aging.Tasting NotesAll of our vineyards yield wines that are distinct and recognizable from year to year. The signature flavors for Chicken Ranch are earth and dried herbs. This 2005 is textbook Rutherford Merlot. The color is deep, the nose is ripe and tinged with olives, leather and sage, and the flavors are ripe and lush.Wine InformationComposition: 85.25% Merlot, 14.75% Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Aging:5 0% French, 27% American, 23% Hungarian oakAlcohol: 13.8% pH: 3.57T.A.: .60g/100mlCases: 5600 6-pack casesRelease Date:July 2007

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