McManis Family Vineyards Merlot 2007, 85 points

McManis Family Vineyards Merlot

(USA, California)

The color was a thin light purple.  The nose was just ok with darker fruits and tobacco.  The alcohol was very prevalent.  This wine was very short with just a little fruit on the palate, cherry and cedar.  The alcohol and tang hit hard.  Way too much.  Disjointed and not put together at all in the mid palate and the finish was bitter.  This is definitely more of a table wine to me.  Just ok at 9 dollars.  Sorry just not for me.  Way too industrial and new world feel to it.  I would have to say pass on this wine.

From Their site:

Winemaking Notes
After a long harvest from September 8th through October 9th, the many lots of Merlot averaged 25.8 degrees brix at harvest. All of the must was fermented for 7-9 days on the skin, pressed and the resulting wine finished fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes
With aromas of black and red berry fruits, the 2007 Merlot also exhibits a hint of flint, Vanillin and Hazelnut on the nose. 6 months of French Oak aging has contributed to the oak flavors that linger after an initial surge of sweet Raspberry, Blueberry and Blackberry.
Technical Data:

Alcohol: 13.5%
Total Acidity: 5.9g/L
pH: 3.67
Residual Sugar: NA
Appellation: California
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Barrels: French Oak aging
Vineyard: B&B Farms, Nestor, Hill Creek and Dutchman

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