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SOLD OUTCorté Riva 2005 Merlot

Featured in our Platinum Wine of the Month Club

St. Helena
Napa Valley AVA
91 Points — Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
First Place — Shanghai SIAL Competition
 
Grapes
100% Merlot
Aged
in oak
Cases Produced
1300
Enjoy Until
2012

Corté Riva Vineyards’ 2005 Merlot was crafted from three well-known vineyards within Napa Valley: Kenefick, Blackbird, and Switchback Ridge – each renowned for producing excellent Bordeaux-style varietals.

Known for their luscious, big red wines, Corté Riva has consistently garnered high scores since their inaugural 2003 release and the powerful, richly textured 2005 Merlot is their latest achievement with a First Place medal from Shanghai’s SIAL Wine Competition and 91 Points from Robert Parker: “Readers who enjoy mocha, espresso roast, chocolate, plum, and black cherry characteristics should check out the deep ruby/purplecolored 2005 Merlot. This is a big, chunky, fleshy, hedonistic effort that fills the mouth. It will drink well for 7-8 years."

The Corté Riva 2005 Merlot exhibits a deep concentration of fruit flavors such as blackberries and black cherries, along with a big thick and juicy mid-palate and undeniable succulence. The teamwork between Lawrence Cortez, Romel Rivera, and Bob Foley is undeniable and their winemaking philosophy is apparent in this brilliant red wine. Try pairing Corté Riva’s 2005 Merlot with barbequed steaks, lamb with herbed sauce, and chicken Parmesan.

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