2002 Behrens & Hitchcock "Alder Springs" Mendocino Merlot

SKU #1028375 90-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There was nothing to complain about with the 2002 Merlot Alder Springs Vineyard. Gorgeously sweet red, blue, and black fruits jump from the glass along with hints of cola, earth, and new oak. Spicy, with excellent texture as well as ripeness, and a lush, up-front texture and taste... (RP)  (12/2003)

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium ruby. Highly aromatic nose combines blackberry, cassis, spice cake, cocoa powder, mocha and chocolate. Superripe, sweet and supple, with vibrant flavors of blackberry, violet, spice cake and dark chocolate. A big, rich, chocolatey wine finishing with exotic notes of woodsmoke and mocha. (ST)  (5/2004)

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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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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.