External Reviews for Stonestreet Merlot
Wine Tasting Notes...subtle layers of spicy black fruit surrounded by notes of chocolate and coffee. The tannins are firm, smooth and round.
Although the 2001 Merlot (30,000 cases) is acidic, with hard tannin in the finish, I enjoyed its heady aromatics (chocolate, mocha, and smoke). Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
This chocolatey, smoky, lavishly wooded Merlot is a flamboyantly-styled wine. The color is a healthy dark plum. The nose offers up plenty of vanillin, smoke, and spice. It needs another 1-2 years of cellaring, but should drink well for a decade. Those readers without the patience to wait several years are advised to decant this Merlot 45 minutes before drinking.
Young and firm. Has pretty core of currant, chocolate, berry and spice flavors, picking up a slight leather note on the aftertaste and finishing with firm tannins and good length. Best to cellar into 1998 to '99.
The 1995 Merlot is potentially a bigger and richer wine than either the 1994 or 1993. It is powerful and rich as a result of the extended maceration (30 days on the skins) and slow fermentation (because of the use of natural yeasts). A blend of 84% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Cabernet Franc, this wine possesses exceptional potential. Moreover, it will last for 12-15 years.
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