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Praxis Cellars Merlot 2009

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Deep purple in color with red highlights dancing in the glass. Plum and blueberry aromas are accented by notes of cedar, allspice and sage. Black cherry, blueberry, plums and red cherry flavors are complemented by lingering vanilla, dried herb and spice. This juicy, plush wine has a long finish with medium tannins and toasty oak.

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Praxis Cellars:
Arbios Cellars/Praxis Cellars is a small Sonoma County family wine business. Bill Arbios makes the wine; his wife, Susan handles much of the rest. Bill enjoyed a successful career with many prominent wineries over the last 35 years, but he felt somewhat restricted working for large wineries and yearned for his own roots. With the creation of Arbios Cellars in 1993 and Praxis Cellars in 2000,... Read more
Arbios Cellars/Praxis Cellars is a small Sonoma County family wine business. Bill Arbios makes the wine; his wife, Susan handles much of the rest. Bill enjoyed a successful career with many prominent wineries over the last 35 years, but he felt somewhat restricted working for large wineries and yearned for his own roots. With the creation of Arbios Cellars in 1993 and Praxis Cellars in 2000, his dream of expressing his vision and creating something lasting was realized. Arbios Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is their flagship wine and the five Praxis wines are priced for more “every day” drinking. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Praxis Cellars Merlot

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,813
4.50 5
11/05/2012

This is darkly earthy on the nose with a fudgy quality that frames the plummy fruit. Air brings out lovely accent notes of eucalyptus. Nice and fairly bright on entry, this has a bit of a rugged feel to it, deep and a bit dark on the palate with some obvious tannins adding texture in the mouth. The fruit is darkly cherried in the mouth with earthy overtones and some bitter chocolate and toasty oak spice accent notes. Just a bit on the chunky side this seems to want to be leaner and finds its focus on the finish which shows some lovely blackberry and bramble notes along with those chewy tannins. This needs a year or two to calm down but is very well balanced and already exhibits excellent depth of flavor and incipient complexity. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,813
4.00 5
01/06/2014

Leafy and sweet on the nose though in a fresh way. This is packed with wild cherry, plum and black currant fruit streaked with hints of espresso, earth, white pepper and a slight floral iris note. Bright and fresh on entry with real lift to the palate; there’s lovely fresh plum and wild black cherry fruit along with a touch of vanilla and some espresso foam and gaining a hint of dried herb on the backend. The finish shows decent length but terrific freshness with slightly chewy tannins and solid acids supporting blackberry flavors through the finish and ending with a light mineral tinge. Not terribly complex but a classic old school bottle of california Merlot. 90pts


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Snooth User: Kate Statton
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3.00 5
10/22/2012

Bitter and a bit medicinal tasting.



Deep purple in color with red highlights dancing in the glass. Plum and blueberry aromas are accented by notes of cedar, allspice and sage. Black cherry, blueberry, plums and red cherry flavors are complemented by lingering vanilla, dried herb and spice. This juicy, plush wine has a long finish with medium tannins and toasty oak.

800 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Aged 24 months in American Oak.

Notes: 30% new oak

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.8% pH: 3.62
Sugar: .02 grams per liter Total Acidity: .66 grams per liter

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