2002 Nickel & Nickel "Harris Vineyard" Oakville Merlot

SKU #1014714 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Co-released with N&N’s Suscol Ranch Merlot. This one’s as ripe in currant, black cherry and chocolate fruit, and the tannins are as intricate and complex. Seems just a shade less complete, although it’s still a dazzling wine.  (10/2005)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Those who hold that Merlot should first be fruity and friendly will find plenty to like in this very polished offering. It is keyed on ripe cherries and vanilla-bean oak, and it is wonderfully supple in feel. Hardly a wine of big muscles and swagger, it persuades with its keen sense of proportion, and its impressions of succulent fruit hang on in a lengthy, minimally tannic finish.  (11/2005)

Wine Spectator

 Dark, with dusty cedar, plum, cigar box and black cherry aromas that fold over to the palate, offering a smooth, balanced concentration of flavors. A hint of juicy blackberry carry the finish. Firm, ripe tannins make it a good candidate for short-term cellaring.  (6/2005)

K&L Notes

This wine is very concentrated, yielding a rich core of berry fruit layered with dried herbs, sage, mixed with notes of earth, cigar and spice. There is a bit of dusty cherry to this wine as is often seen in wines from Oakville. Sweet, toasty oak adds complexity and the firm, yet supple, tannins add length on the finish.

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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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Napa Valley

- 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.