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Gainey Vineyard Merlot 2007
Gainey Vineyard Merlot 2007
Category: Red Wine
Varietal:Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Region: California » Central Coast » Santa Ynez Valley
Producer: Gainey Vineyard
Alcohol: 13.9%
Not currently available.

Gainey Vineyard

Introduced by its shimmering ruby color, our 2007 Merlot opens with enticingly fresh, vivid aromas of black cherry and red plum fruit, perfectly complemented by fragrant rose hips tea, sweet oak and light herbal tones. In the mouth, the flavors are startlingly rich, creamy and luscious, with concentrated red cherry and plum skin fruitiness invigorated by seeped-tea spice tones and tangy acidity. Although Merlot is stereotyped as a drink-me-now red, the deep fruit and superb structure of this rendition argue for one to three years of aging. Those who can't wait are advised to uncork this beauty with herb-roasted chicken, black-olive pizza or Merlot-marinated game hen.

Wine Enthusiast

Made with 15% Cabernet Franc, which adds a welcome cherry tart richness to the earthy blackberries and herbs, this Merlot is priced well for an elegant restaurant wine. It's dry and crisp and smooth, and so easy to drink with a fine steak.

Score: 89. —Steve Heimoff, December 31, 2010.

All sizes are 750mL unless otherwise noted.
Vintages and ratings subject to change at any time.
All pricing and availability subject to change.