48 Ratings
Rustenberg John X Merriman

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Wine Description

Bright ruby-red. Aromas of plum, minerals, graphite, licorice and mint. Big and rich but firmly structured and tight. Bright acidity--and a smaller percentage of merlot than usual--give this Bordeaux blend a youthful toughness. Finishes savory, solidly tannic and long.

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    winemaker's fav, most difficult to make. 93 pts me- very cab franc or carmenere like in its green streak to the fruit flavor. densely colored. more density than Bordeaux in color and palate. didn't notice the oak it was so well integrated. great sale buy. will keep 5+ yrs easy.

    over 3 years
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  • Ken's Wine Guide
    (2004 Vintage) This wine was one of the most popular wines at a recent tasting that I conducted. There certainly wasn’t any left at the end of the evening. Always a good sign. This ruby red wine opens with a mus...
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast
  • Wine Advocate
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 145 on Feb-03