2008 Sonoma County Merlot

 | 2008

4 Stars - Excellent
Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine
The 2008 Merlot is fleshy and full bodied; a fairly intense and complex wine, especially at the price. It has plum, spicy oak, cassis, and mint aromas/flavors, and a mildly tannic finish.

88 Points
Paul Lukcas, Wine Review Online
A substantial Merlot, with a well-defined structure, firm tannins, and good length on the palate, this wine stands as a counterpoint to the bevy of sappy, candied California Merlots whose only charm comes from their sugar. It’s a serious red wine, made for early consumption rather than cellaring, so would be a good wine for many restaurateurs to add to their lists.

Very Good (88)
Ken’s Wine Guide
This dark ruby colored Merlot from the Duckhorn family opens with a very fragrant mulberry and red currant bouquet with a hint of eucalyptus. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and delicate. The flavor profile is a tart black currant and plum with notes of black cherry and black pepper. The finish is dry and it mild tannins are slightly prolonged. The panel suggested pairing this wine with pheasant or duck breast.

89 Points
Robert Whitley, Wine Review Online
This very solid Napa Valley Merlot is appealing on a number of levels, not the least of which is an affinity for food. It's extremely dry for a Napa red, with a slightly tart black cherry finish. The nose offers aromas of black currant, plum, cedar and spice, with excellent persistence and firm tannins. It is well balanced for the alcohol level (14.5) and holds the promise of a lovely evolution over the next two to three years. Great value in an everyday Napa Merlot! If anything I've slightly underrated it.