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Twomey Cellars Merlot Napa Valley
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Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(From 2011 Vintage) Grapes for Twomey Merlot come exclusively from our Soda Canyon Ranch in southeastern Napa Valley. This vineyard's rolling hills of volcanic soils are tightly planted with French Merlot clones, selected for their low yield of small, intensely flavored berries. In this mild climate, tempered by cool breezes and morning fog, Merlot ripens slowly and develops rich black-fruit character and extraordinary complexity

Winemaker's Notes

The 2008 Twomey Merlot is a luscious wine of moderate alcohol that achieves a beautiful balance between ripeness and freshness. It has a garnet color with purple edges and an enticing nose of perfectly ripe, fresh black cherries, violets, nutmeg and dark chocolate. It has a bright attack and a satiny mouth-feel. The fresh cherry fruit returns on the palate and the wine is full bodied without being cloying. The finish is vibrant with notes of dark chocolate and enough tannic grip to ensure good cellaring.

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    WS 86. Strawberry and raspberry flavors are ripe and tasty, with a slight candied edge and fresh herb notes on the finish. Drink now. 1,858 cases made. -MW

    over 4 years
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    ripe round red fruit, dark chocolate, slight oak and spice, full body, smooth finish

    over 2 years
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    Strawberries Round

    over 2 years
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    Kurt bought us (2003 vintage)

    over 4 years
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    Recomended by kirk cleveland

    almost 2 years
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    Best dessert wine- sweet red

    over 2 years
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    Earthy

    about 2 years
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    about 3 years
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    about 3 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2001 Vintage) The 2001 Merlot (a 6,354-case blend of 94.3% Merlot and 5.7% Cabernet Franc) exhibits fragrant aromas and flavors of espresso roast, coffee beans, smoke, chocolate, and loads of berry fruit. Dense plum/ruby in color with a hedonistic personality, this is a heady, full-bodied wine to drink over the next 7ndash;8 years. This is a top-flight single-vineyard wine aged completely in French oak, which is in total contrast to the wines made at Silver Oak.
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2005 Vintage) Heavy-handed oak is two-steps ahead of fruit here, and, while the wine may be full-bodied and highly extracted, it is also too tannic for its own good and suffers from a real lack of balance and brightness. Size and richness are often good things in wine, but they need fruit for balance. A big drop in price from its first posting is no help here.
  • Robert Parker
    (From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 142
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 142 on Aug-02
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/15/02