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Stone Cellars Merlot 2002

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To achieve the perfect color in their White Merlot, Beringer’s winemaking team gently destems and presses the Merlot grapes, leaving the red skins in contact with the juice for approximately three hours. As soon as the desired soft, red-purple hue is achieved, the juice is removed. Slow, cool fermentations follow to retain the bright acidity, fresh melon and citrus flavors. The resulting wine is a vibrant blend of fresh berry and zesty orange peel flavors, with a hint of nutmeg spice.

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Stone Villa Wine Cellars:
You can say Randy and Debbie Paul were “inspired” to take their favorite hobby and make something they could share with friends and the public. Stone Villa Wine Cellars opened to the public in August of 2000, and is located on a 150 acre site in the foothills of the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania. Aesthetics are important to us at Stone Villa Wine Cellars. All of the masonry wor... Read more
You can say Randy and Debbie Paul were “inspired” to take their favorite hobby and make something they could share with friends and the public. Stone Villa Wine Cellars opened to the public in August of 2000, and is located on a 150 acre site in the foothills of the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania. Aesthetics are important to us at Stone Villa Wine Cellars. All of the masonry work was done by Randy’s father Jimmy Paul. Family means so much to us, that we traced back into our heritage to develop the name Stone Villa. Randy’s grandparents were wine makers and stone masons. Stone Villa features over 12 varieties of grapes and over 20 varieties of wines. With the new facilities, production is expected to be around 15,000 gallons a year, but can handle 20,000 gallons or 10,000 cases of wine. During the summer months, we offer weekend entertainment to our patrons. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and purchase a bottle of wine and sit outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery and entertainment. Randy and Debbie invite you to explore the tasteful world of wine at Stone Villa. A relaxing atmosphere, beautiful landscape and good wine make a trip to Stone Villa both a revitalizing and memorable weekend or weekday afternoon. Read less

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewRated 90This single-vineyard bottling shows mocha-infused white chocolate, black cherry, and currant fruit with a hint of minerality and underbrush. Deep, full-bodied, rather rich, but overlaid by some serious structure and tannin, this is a relatively big styled Merlot that should age handsomely for 12 or more years.Wine Tasting NotesAfter 24 months, Cabernet-like tannins in the Howell Mountain Merlot had enough time to soften, and that clove, cinnamon stick, and sweet spice aromas and flavors from the barrels had integrated well with the sweet black plum, blackberry, light orange rind, cocoa and minty characteristics from the grapes. Ed also chose to add almost 4 percent Cabernet Franc to the blend to bring a black cherry accent to the nose and elongate the finish.



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To achieve the perfect color in their White Merlot, Beringer’s winemaking team gently destems and presses the Merlot grapes, leaving the red skins in contact with the juice for approximately three hours. As soon as the desired soft, red-purple hue is achieved, the juice is removed. Slow, cool fermentations follow to retain the bright acidity, fresh melon and citrus flavors. The resulting wine is a vibrant blend of fresh berry and zesty orange peel flavors, with a hint of nutmeg spice.

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