Formidable Wines

Mendocino County Merlot

8.81 ratings
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Mendocino, North Coast, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Ivan London

Smooth, and a little sweet and vegetal.
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Winemaker Notes
The 2012 vintage combines the most notable traits of this Formidable Merlot: it is rich and lush and also very fresh and firm in structure. Formidable Merlot is influenced by the vineyard's positioning on the lower slopes of a Napa hillside, on the benchlands. Soils include silty loam and volcanic soils, with excellent drainage, forcing the merlot vines to reach deep for their water and nutrients. These soils result in smaller berries with thicker skins, ultimately delivering more concentrated flavors. Vinification and aging: French oak aged lots, with a high percentage - around 50% - new oak and gentle cellar treatment, including gravity movement. The color is an intense crimson with a tinge of purple, with dark berry fruit and savory mocha oak spice notes. The palate offers a burst of fruit up front and very rich mouthfeel, with black fruit and chocolate flavors carried on thick and dense tannins. The finish is lengthy, with lively and vibrant acidity that provides a note of intense freshness to balance the lush fruit flavors.

Smooth, and a little sweet and vegetal.
More notes:
Winemaker Notes
The 2012 vintage combines the most notable traits of this Formidable Merlot: it is rich and lush and also very fresh and firm in structure. Formidable Merlot is influenced by the vineyard's positioning on the lower slopes of a Napa hillside, on the benchlands. Soils include silty loam and volcanic soils, with excellent drainage, forcing the merlot vines to reach deep for their water and nutrients. These soils result in smaller berries with thicker skins, ultimately delivering more concentrated flavors. Vinification and aging: French oak aged lots, with a high percentage - around 50% - new oak and gentle cellar treatment, including gravity movement. The color is an intense crimson with a tinge of purple, with dark berry fruit and savory mocha oak spice notes. The palate offers a burst of fruit up front and very rich mouthfeel, with black fruit and chocolate flavors carried on thick and dense tannins. The finish is lengthy, with lively and vibrant acidity that provides a note of intense freshness to balance the lush fruit flavors.

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