2000 Behrens & Hitchcock "Fortuna Vineyard" Oakville Merlot

SKU #1219912 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 My favorite of the 2000 Merlots is the Fortuna Vineyard (345 cases). At 15.5% alcohol, this is no shy wine. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by exceptional black currant, blackberry, tobacco, and creosote-drenched aromas as well as flavors, lower acidity than its two siblings, full-bodied, fleshy flavors, and tremendous purity and intensity. This large-scaled yet elegant offering should drink well for 12-15 years. (RP)  (8/2002)

88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium ruby. Slightly reduced aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and smoke. Sweet, full and seamless, with a light gamey quality. Has size and dimensison, with plenty of personality and a creamy mouth feel. Sweet flavors of crystallized black fruits. A big wine that carries its 15.5% alcohol gracefully. (ST)  (6/2002)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

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- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.