Schug Merlot Heritage Reserve 2005
Our “Heritage Reserve” Merlot features the Sangiacomo family’s “Donnell Ranch” in Carneros, just a stone’s throw north of our own Schug Estate vineyard. This vineyard teams up with the Ricci vineyard in Carneros to show what cool-climate Merlot is all about. The extremely long, cool Carneros growing season allows the fruit to ripen slowly developing maximum varietal character and depth of flavor while retaining bright acidity. It has a smoky, ripe cherry bouquet with hints of roasted coffee, a deep color and full-bodied flavors of cherry, cassis and chocolate. Try it now with lamb, duck and rich cheeses, or age it for 5 to 7 years.
I am not 100% sure this is the same wine, as we purchased a 1.5 Liter size at the winery. It will have to be close enough. This wine is absolutely fantastic. Best merlot I've ever had, hands down. It reminded me a great deal of the best wines I had in Bordeaux. Completely smooth with a perfect finish, this bottle did not see the light of day once opened. In fact, we pretty much fought over it. Instead of worrying about the 'notes' we detected, let's just say this: it had perfect wine flavor ;)
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|Total Acidity: 0.76 grams per liter|