2002 Provenance Carneros Merlot (Previously $30)

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A Merlot with structure? If you like your Merlot soft as velvet and easy to quaff, this may not be the wine for you. But if you like a Merlot with tannin, with acidity and grip, this is a truly shining example from a wine label we at K&L are quickly falling for! One Puff from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Although its tense young aromas imply good concentration and depth, they are far less open and forthcoming than this supple and well-balanced wine turns out to be in the mouth. It is nicely sweetened with oak and tastes of red cherries, and it makes a fair stab at richness before turning to firmness and being closed out by more than a little astringency. Its tannic constraints will loosen with time, and we urge that it be set aside for three or four more years of age." (Volume 29 Issue 5: March 2005)

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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.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- 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.
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- Just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, Carneros is kept cool by Bay breezes and thick fog, and has long been famous for cool-climate pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wine based on the two varietals. Warmer pockets have proved interesting and promising homes for syrah, cabernet and merlot.