Wente Vineyards Merlot Arroyo Seco Sandstone 2006

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Fermentation: Each vineyard was harvested separately and fermented in upright fermenters. Rack and return, which is the process of draining all of the free-run juice off the cap and then returning the free-run juice back over the top of the fermenter, was performed twice daily. This method increases the color and tannin extractions and improves mouthfeel through the integration of oxygen. Aging: Each blend was aged separately, with part in neutral French and American oak for at least six months prior to blending.

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Wente Vineyards:
Founded more than 125 years ago, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, the winery maintains its leadership role in California winegrowing under ownership and management by the Fourth and Fifth Generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from approximately 3,000 acres of sustaina... Read more
Founded more than 125 years ago, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, the winery maintains its leadership role in California winegrowing under ownership and management by the Fourth and Fifth Generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from approximately 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed Estate vineyards to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining and championship golf. Read less

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Snooth User: noaer
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2.50 5
10/04/2009

i rarely buy merlot but thought i'd give the varietal another try. maybe i picked the wrong one because this was not impressive. i was expecting exactly what the "what to expect" notes above (dark berry fruit, cocoa, soft) but this did not deliver. won't give up on merlot just yet.



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Tasting Notes:

On the pallet, this Merlot is full-bodied, but with a smooth midpalate that showcases aromas and flavors of blackberry and spice, accented by hints of licorice and tobacco.

Fermentation: Each vineyard was harvested separately and fermented in upright fermenters. Rack and return, which is the process of draining all of the free-run juice off the cap and then returning the free-run juice back over the top of the fermenter, was performed twice daily. This method increases the color and tannin extractions and improves mouthfeel through the integration of oxygen. Aging: Each blend was aged separately, with part in neutral French and American oak for at least six months prior to blending.

Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable


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