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SOLD OUTBallentine 2003 Merlot

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Pocia Vineyard
Napa Valley AVA
— Gold Medal Special Selection
 
Grapes
87% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc.
Aged
16 months in oak
Cases Produced
800
Enjoy Until
2014


The Ballentine 2003 Merlot is brilliant reddish garnet in color, with initial aromas of black cherry, currants, black tea, raspberries, herbs, and spices. Red apples come into focus next, with a background of pepper, vanilla, and earthy toasted notes, which are characteristic of Napa Valley Merlots. On the palate, this wine exudes flavors of red and black cherries, blueberries, pepper, vanilla and spices, while the mouth feel is fluid and full throughout with a silky sweet fruit nature. Well-structured tannins extend through the finish with a balanced acidity and warming notes that lead into flavors of fresh berries and vanilla caramel tastiness.

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