Bravante 2012 Merlot 750 ML
At Bravante Vineyards we have 2 blocks of Merlot, one at each end of our Stoneridge Vineyard, and they both add distinctive character to our Estate Grown Merlot. At the northern end of the property is Block 1, which is classic Merlot - fruity, rich and complex. At the southern end is Block 5, which is all ‘Howell Mountain’ -- intense and structured. Blended together they produce a rich, and nuanced Merlot, which has concentration and loads of the best varietal Merlot character.
Winemaker notes: Bravante Vineyards 2012 Estate Merlot starts off with bright fruit of dark cherries and plums complexed by aromas of cedar, sage and hints of tobacco. This Merlot has intense flavors of cherries, berries and hints of herbs and oak with a rich body and excellent structure and balance.
A freshness and tightness in this red blend of 90 per cent merlot and 10 per cent cabernet sauvignon with plum, currant and berry aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now or hold.
93 Points, James Suckling - November 19, 2018
Big and bold, a true Bordeaux-lovers, right-bank styled Merlot from our estate vineyard on Howell Mountain. 92 Points, Wine & Spirits Magazine - July 2017