Beringer California Collection Merlot (750 ml)
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- Aromas: ripe red-berry fruit, mocha, espresso and toasted spice
- Varietal: merlot
- Food pairing: turkey, ham, and beef
- 93 points
This Merlot opens with aromas of ripe red-berry fruit, mocha, espresso and toasted spice. A core of rich red and blue fruit is the foundation of this complex, well-structured wine. The wine’s developed tannins and solid structure along with depth of flavor concentration make this a favorite.
The lots remained separate through fermentation and aging to retain the individual terroir characteristics of each vineyard section. After gentle crushing and destemming, the juice and skins were sent to small fermentors where color, flavors and tannins were slowly extracted from the skins as vinification progressed. Aged in custom-toasted French Nevers oak barrels (53% new) for 21 months permits the big, Cabernet-like tannins of the Howell Mountain Merlot time to soften, and the barrel aromas to be well-integrated with the ripe fruit characteristics of the wine. Small percentages of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon were added upon blending, to elongate the finish and add additional complexities to the blend.