Wimbledon Wine Company Godwin Merlot Alexander Valley Moss Oak Vineyards 2000
Moss Oak's hillside fruit maintains a western-southwestern exposure, positively affected by the cooler, Bordeaux-climate unique to this portion of the Alexander Valley that borders the world-famous Chalk Hill appellation. The ocean breezes that drift in from Bodega Head on the Sonoma coast during the summer and fall provide an ideal maritime influence on the vineyards along Chalk Hill Road. The grapes are characterized by varietal intensity and greater aging potential, and the berries themselves are smaller with thicker skin and darker color as a result of shallow, rocky soils and more pronounced exposure to the sun. A very pretty wine, the 2000 Godwin is black-purple dark brick in color, and more elegant and Pomerol-like than Californian. This is a wine that displays an alchemy of old world characteristics, stylized with new world winemaking strategies. In the nose, there are aromas of plum, black cherry and spicy cedar with a hint of anise. On the palate, there are sweet flavors of dusty cedar and black sweet fruits which extend a long flavorful and lengthy finish. Sugar: Dry Months in barrel: 48% New French oak Oak: 48% new French cooperage, barrel racked in quarterly intervals.
Lovely food wine (went well with filet mignon and sweet potato fries). Medium-bodied, dark in color. Nose of dark fruit, spice, and leather, with black plum, cedar, and clove on the palate. Nice long finish. Definitely good staying power (we drank in 2008 and it's still big).