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Cakebread Merlot 2013

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Fragrant ripe black cherry, red plum and blackberry aromas, complemented by whiffs of black tea, oak and chocolate, introduce this bold, beautifully structured merlot. Rich and plump on the palate with lush cherry, plum and red currant flavors framed by firm, yet fine-grained tannins, it culminates in a long finish accented by zesty tea-leaf spice tones. Delicious now, this youthful merlot will benefit from another 5-7 years' aging. Food Pairing: An excellent companion to pork, pheasant and veal.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Cakebread
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
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Wine EnthusiastBlack olive stars in this supple, soft and supremely varietal wine, wrapped in strong, chalky tannin. Full bodied and completely generous in ripe fruit, it shows complexity and lengthiness on the finish.

Virginie Boone, February 1, 2017
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Wine SpectatorWell-structured and appealingly complex, with subtle notes of red currant, dusty herb and cedar. Drink now through 2026. 3,000 cases made.

Tim Fish, 2016