Merlot, 2013. Monrovia Station

Merlot, 2013. Monrovia Station

Item #: C1118R2DC
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Merlot
Vineyard/Appellation: Paso Robles, California
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Blackberries and Blueberries
Palate: Luscious Berry, Spice
Finish: Sweet, Tart Tannins
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2023/Red Meat, Vegetarian/14.4 % Alcohol by Volume

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Monrovia Station is named after a famous railway in the city of Monrovia, California, built in 1887 to take passengers by mule from the depot to downtown Monrovia just a mile away. The station was shuttered in 1972, as it was no longer needed, and abandoned until recently, when the city authorized a facility featuring retail, housing and office space.

A plan is in place to restore the classic Art Deco station to its original splendor, turning it into a destination restaurant. In celebration of this occurrence, the winery in Paso Robles named this selection in honor of the station's history, in the hopes of telling its story.

Our selection plays homage to the story and character of the quaint city of Monrovia, tucked away just northeast of downtown Los Angeles. It's a rural small town next to a megalopolis, but once there, you'd never know it.

The winery's philosophy is to utilize selective, small winemaking practices on a bigger scale and deliver food-friendly wines with true varietal definition. The vineyard was planted in 1973 and continues to produce award-winning wines. In a way, it actually mirrors the city of Monrovia itself.

Merlot isn't supposed to do well in Paso. Tell that to the glass. This is one of the juiciest and seductive Merlots we've ever tasted. Its extra few years in the bottle have allowed the flavors to meld. Black- and blue berries with soft spice, soft tannins and a luscious finish that just keeps coming on and never let up.