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Merlot, 2012. Pull

Merlot, 2012. Pull

Item #: V0919R2DC
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Merlot
Vineyard/Appellation: Paso Robles, California
Color: Deep Crimson
Nose: Blueberry and Anise
Palate: Rich Berry, Plum, Vanilla
Finish: Sweet Cherry, Soft Tannins
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Red Meat, Game/14.1% Alcohol by Volume

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Pull is another great find from the celestial Broken Earth Vineyard in Paso Robles. The 500-acre vineyard was planted in 1973 and originally called Rancho Tierra Rejada, Spanish for "broken earth." They were Paso pioneers.

It was only 10 years before some of the big-name wineries were buying grapes from Paso Robles. Then, the owners of Chateau de Beaucastel, one of the finest producers in the Rhone Valley, purchased a large piece of land here and built a state-of-the-art winery. That signaled that the area had truly come of age.

That single event created a new breed of winemakers who brought notoriety to the area: The Rhone Rangers. These winemakers specialized in Rhone varietals. But classics like Merlot lived on in the Paso soil as well - and lived well.

Merlot grown in the area finally getting the recognition it deserves. Some of the best Cabs in the state are Paso born. And as for our selection, it doesn't hurt that Broken Earth has a winemaker like Chris Cameron, with nearly 40 years' experience in crafting wines from here.

In competitions all over America, this wine has won two gold medals and four silver medals against some of the best wines on the planet. Those honors are a testament to the heritage and dedication of the owners.

Merlot isn't supposed to do well here. Tell that to Chris Cameron. He happens to love it and it shows. This is one of the softest, juciest and seductive Merlots we've ever tasted. Black and blue berries with soft spice, soft tannins and a luscious finish that just keeps coming on.