2008 MERLOT BLUE LABEL DIAMOND COLLECTION

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retail price: $20.00
club price: $14.00
available:Yes
cases:not available
formats: 750mL
released:May 3, 2010
date profiled:Oct 5, 2010
region:Northern California
AVA:Monterey,Napa Valley,S ... Monterey,Napa Valley,Sonoma County
vineyards:Various
estate fruit:No
single vineyard: No
brix at harvest:Blended
alcohol:13.5%
fined:Yes
filtered:Yes
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:80% New  
oak aging: 16 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
merlot 83%
petite sirah 13%
petite verdot 2%
syrah/shiraz 2%
 
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Winemaker Corey Beck Notes
With Merlot, the objective is to create a wine that has structure and complexity, but soft, smooth tannins. We find that sourcing fruit from several different appellations works best to give us a Merlot that exudes multiple layers of flavor and a nice seductive texture. We also blend in small amounts of Syrah and Petite Sirah to achieve a richer color.

Grapes that come from Napa provide weight, sweet fruit flavors and the intense aromatics of fresh berries while the Sonoma fruit contributes natural acidity to create more balance and finesse. Monterey County grapes provide concentration; a result of the well-drained sandy loam soils that characterize the region.

Endowed with great concentration, a seductive texture, and ...more... sweet fruit impressions, this wine boasts provocative notes of toasty vanilla imparted by French oak barrel aging.
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