White Oak 2003 Merlot

Napa Valley
Sonoma County region
92 Points and One of the Year's Best Merlot, 2006 — Wine & Spirits Magazine
White Oak Vineyards, Sonoma County region
84% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon
15 months in oak
Cases Produced
Sweetness Level
Diet Friendly
Low carb, Low sugar, Paleo, Keto

The White Oak 2003 Napa Valley Merlot earned an amazing 92 Points, and was honored as one of the Year’s Best Merlot in 2006, by Wine & Spirits magazine— “There’s a sophisticated wine here, even if it’s intensely reduced when first poured. That funky reduction blows off and the wine shifts rapidly and dramatically toward mineral tannins and bold, succulent fruit. The graphite feel of the tannin and dense, slightly floral, black fruit make this a wine for slowly-smoked beef ribs.”

Winemaker Bill Parker’s notes suggest “Dark, rich and chocolaty, with layers of mouth-coating mocha, currant, blackberry and coffee grounds, revealing extra dimensions of depth and complexity. Sharply focused, long and intense, with well-integrated tannins.” Pair with Onion-braised Short Ribs with Walnut mashed Potatoes. Aged 15 months in oak.

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