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1993 Matanzas Creek Sonoma Valley Merlot

SKU #1013519 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep ruby-red. Black cherry, black raspberry, coffee and spice on the nose. Sweetly oaky and stuffed with lush fruit. This shows more texture and depth than the regular bottling of '93 merlot, along with surprising pliancy for a red wine from this vintage. Finishes very long, with thoroughly buffered tannins. Very impressive. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/1998)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This fine winery has an enviable track record. Nothing that emerges from Matanzas Creek is less than excellent, with their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Merlot among the finest California can produce. Despite the winery's success with white wines, most red wine drinkers think of Matanzas Creek as one of California's benchmark Merlot producers. The Merlot, which is the winery's biggest, richest, most concentrated wine, is blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. In most vintages, the wine contains 90% Merlot and is aged in 55%-75% new French oak casks. About half of the Merlot grapes come from the Matanzas Creek estate vineyard and the rest from the well-known Carneros vineyard of Sangiacomo. The 1993 Merlot exhibits a deep, saturated purple color, a smoky, black-cherry, and vanillin-scented nose, a wonderfully sweet entry on the palate, and a rich, full-bodied, tarry, well-balanced finish. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/1995)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Complex and concentrated, with layers of currant, sage, tea, herb, coffee and spice. Finishes with depth and richness and a lingering aftertaste. (JL) Inner quote mark (10/1998)

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