2004 Luna Merlot
VINEYARD NOTES - The 2004 Howell Mountain Merlot is our debut of this special wine. The vineyard sits at an elevation of 2000 feet, on a remote part of Howell Mountain, looking east toward the Sierras. Planted in 1990, the vineyard struggles to produce 2 tons of grapes per acre, but yields Merlot of extraordinary intensity and structure. Such a low yield of fruit means that only two canes per vine can be pruned, and only 120 cases of wine will be produced per acre each season.
CellarTracker Community Tasting NotesCommunity Tasting Notes (average 91.5 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 7 notes)
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gaber31678not sure how much being high alters a tasting note. very dark in color, not quite inky black but dark purples with hints of sun kissed rubies in the glass. great legs. first thoughts on the nose didn't focus on individual aromas but rather the quality of the whole--refined, elegant, velvety, and yet powerful. I haven't had merlot in ages so this was a treat. lots of dark fruit aroma and I think the influence of the French oak was apparent too. on the palate, it tastes and feels very well balanced. there is power and a robust quality at 15.3 but not bursting with tannin. there is fruit on the front with a structure thru the middle that eventually ends in a finish that dissolves over your tongue and throat. this has been excellent! opened it with no food for no reason.
PaulWJune 2013: Had with steak and this is past it's prime. Should be better after 9 years.