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Wine Guide > Charles Creek Vineyard > Merlot "Pasatiempo"

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Charles Creek Vineyard
Merlot

2004 Merlot "Pasatiempo"
Sonoma Valley/Carneros-Sangiacomo Vineyard

This classic California Merlot combines the best of both worlds; the fully ripe fruit of the new world with the complexities and ageability of Bordeaux’s Right Bank.
Deep ruby color and aromas of dark fruit, spice and pencil lead serve as a prelude to flavors of dark cherry, cola spice, and a hint of herb. Overlaying the delicious Merlot fruit component is the Medium + toast (think roasted espresso bean), caramel, vanilla and spice contribution of quality Radoux barrels.
Bright on the entry and well-integrated in terms of tannins, this bottle would lay down well over the next 6-8 years or pair beautifully with the lamb loin or rare duck breast on the table this very evening.
“Everything that new world Merlot should be, but too rarely is”.
Double Gold Medal-West Coast Wine Competition
Best of Class Gold Medal-Sonoma County Harvest fair

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