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.
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
ripe round red fruit, dark chocolate, slight oak and spice, full body, smooth finish
Kurt bought us (2003 vintage)
Best dessert wine- sweet red
Wine & Spirits(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.
International Wine Cellar(2001 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on May-04.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(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.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2000 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Jul-06.
Decanter(2000 Vintage) Rating: 3/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Plums, figs. Supple entry. Medium body, with good concentration. Warm, pleasing finish. Cocoa. Drink up to 3 years.