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Sunday, August 30, 2009

2004 Cuvaison Napa Valley Merlot

Cuvaison is a winery that has been around for quite some time and has been producing quality wines from their Carneros and Mount Veeder estate vineyards since 1969.

This Merlot is sourced from their 400 acre estate vineyard in the Carneros AVA in southern Napa. The wine is composed of 88% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Syrah. The wine is aged for 16 months in small French oak barrels, 40 % new French oak.

On the nose I get aromas of rustic mountain blackberry, sandalwood, mocha, vanilla, and perhaps a tiny hint of pepper. It smells like cooler weather Merlot and doesn't necessarily show a lot of ripe voluptuous fruit. It has a spicy and almost green-like character with some cedar notes.

On the palate I get flavors of rich blackberry, vanilla, mocha, cedar, and peppery spice. It's a dry style wine with a nice smooth texture but doesn't show enough sweetness and fruit for my liking. It finishes dry with a touch of green and cedar flavored tannin. It's rustic and reminds me of Malbec.

It's more of a food wine then a stand alone drinking Merlot. I can see this wine pairing nicely with a peppered flank steak or perhaps herb marinated lamb. For the price ($25-30) I would say it's a definite pass and an average Merlot at best. 85 points

Hampers said...

Thanks for sharing the wine review. it was nice going through it. keep it up the good work.

 
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