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2008 Merlot by Franciscan Estate Napa Valley

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Vintage: 2008
Type: Merlot
Country: USA — California — Napa Valley

2008 Merlot by Franciscan Estate in Napa Valley

This is a bottle  of wine I picked up at a local grocery store in San Diego. I paired it with leftover pizza but I think this wine deserves much more! It deserves to accompany a proper slow-cooked Sunday meal. It would certainly develop nicely in your glass over an evening of good conversation. This is a very good wine from Napa Valley that reminds me of some wines I have tasted on the Right Bank of Bordeaux.

Technical Review

Appearance
Clear, deep garnet.

Nose
Clean, pronounced aromas of cherry, ripe strawberry and plum. A subtle herbal note.

Palate
Dry, high acidity, light tannins, medium body. Medium alcohol.
Flavour characteristics similar to the nose but with a smooth vanilla feel. Long finish.

Conclusion
Very good with potential for ageing. High priced (approximately USD$20) per bottle.