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Friday, August 21, 2009

2002 Hawley Merlot - Dry Creek Valley

The 2002 Hawley Merlot is made entirely from estate grown fruit that is sourced from Hawley's vineyards located on Bradford Mountain, overlooking the Dry Creek Valley.

The wine is composed of mostly Merlot but there is a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (6%) that is blended in to add complexity to the final product. The small 402 case production was aged for a total of 20 months in 50% new French oak barrels and 50% used French oak.

On the nose I immediately noticed the distinct aroma of Brettanomyces which in most cases doesn't bother me, and for those of us who enjoy French wine it might even be quite appealing! There are also some very nice cherry and chocolate nuances that I find quite enjoyable, but the saddle leather and soil characters are what dominate the nose.

On the palate I get ripe black cherry flavors, coupled with hints of leather and semi-sweet coco powder. The structure of this wine is firm, but the tannins are very ripe and almost sweet. I also must again point out the quite obvious intrusion of brett or leathery-barnyard type flavors and aromas.

This wine is obviously flawed but I find it quite appealing because of the sweetness of the fruit and tannin structure. I know it's tough to contemplate a dry wine almost appearing to be sweet, but this wine does that exactly. I think it would be brilliant with some angel hair pasta with sweet Roma tomato marinara! 88 points

Ritesh Sanap said...

i would like to drink it. it is with french oak barrels but Cabernet Sauvignon is it harmful or what can you tell it please it. i am waiting for your reply.

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