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Merlot, 2012. Kimberly River

Merlot, 2012. Kimberly River

Item #: V0717R2DC
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Merlot
Vineyard/Appellation: Central Coast, California
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Blueberry and Cocoa
Palate: Rich Blueberry and Cherry
Finish: Rich Cherry, Soft Tannin
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Red Meats and Game/Alcohol: 13.8%

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Kimberly River is made by Plata wine partners. The brains of the operation is marketing whiz Stew Leonard. Stew does what we wish everybody would do. Once the wine is finished, he figures out what price it should sell for to be successful. Then he figures out what he has to do to sell it at that price and make a profit. It sounds simple, but most of the other guys make it complicated.

Stew also knows quality. He has access to over 25,000 acres of grapes, so no matter what the vintage gives him, he can source the best grapes - regardless of what Mother Nature does.

He also hedged his bets by hiring Alison Crowe as Director of Winemaking. Alison has been making wine for over 15 years in the Monterey area for Chalone and Bonny Doon, as well as in Mendoza, Argentina. Her broad-based experience is what accounts for the superb wines she crafts. In other words, there's a good chance that no matter what happens in the vineyard, Alison can make the best possible wine. And with the access to so many acres, she always brings in a thumbs-up.

Our selection is no exception. Here is where it all comes together. A perfect harvest combined with perfect handling, and you have nothing less than a perfect wine.

Lovely hints of blueberry and pomegranate in the nose signal the soft, lovely, fruit-laden wine to come.

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