2005 Blackstone Merlot Sonoma Reserve
48 Ratings
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48 Ratings
2005 Blackstone Merlot Sonoma Reserve

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(From 2009 Vintage) The Sonoma Reserve Merlot 2008 offers aromas of fresh fruit, savory herbs, cocoa,and toasty oak. The wine is full-bodied with flavors of plum and black cherry layeredwith oak spice and bright acidity. On the palate, this wine is concentrated with greatstructure, fresh fruit, and lively acidity, coming together in a long and pleasing finish.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2009 Vintage) Grapes were handpicked at the peak of harvest for optimal ripeness and quality.Following harvest, grapes were destemmed and crushed. Immediately after the crush,grapes were cold soaked for 3–5 days to extract flavor, color, and tannins. Primaryfermentation in stainless steel was followed by aging in a combination of new andseasoned French, American, and Hungarian oak barrels for 20 months.

Shipping Information

Free shipping with a purchase of 12 bottles or more.

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Expert Reviews
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    11% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Petite Sirah; 5% Syrah. Boasting the names of important grapes in its cepage, this wine contains 79% Merlot but barely speaks the name of its dominant variety. Instead, it is mild, thin and angular and absent any sense of soul. It winds up being all the things that have brought Merlot a bad name that it does not entirely deserve.