Amour Merlot 2004 Reserve

From a single Merlot vineyard on our home ranch this award winning pure Merlot is a perfect ruby color. The wine is a melding of noble character with fine elegance and great style. A wonderfully expressive nose, full of raspberry and blackberry aromas.

On the palate, the luscious, creamy chocolate texture carries plenty of fruit, the liquorices extending the flavor profile, with soft, supple tannins and balanced acidity. There is no doubt why this estate grown, single-vineyard Merlot wins gold medals at every outing.

An ideal pairing for chocolate desserts but is also excellent with soft meats such as pork chop, rack of lamb or filet mignon where the the meat is the primary desired flavor and the cooking process involves fats.

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Tasting Notes

A wonderfully expressive nose, full of raspberry and blackberry aromas. On the palate, the luscious, creamy chocolate texture carries plenty of fruit, the liquorices extending the flavor profile, with soft, supple tannin and balanced acidity. There is no doubt why this estate grown, single-vineyard Merlot wins gold medals at every outing.


Production Notes

Cases produced = 258

Winemaker Notes

Bud break occurred early and the trend carried forward throughout the growing season. Heat spikes occurred in June and at scattered intervals throughout the summer season. Grapes completed veraison early and ripeness with well developed sugars was realized early. We held back as acid balance eventually caught up. Temperatures were steady into one of our earliest harvests. Grape quality was very good with a crop that was smaller than average.


Cooperage Notes

French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.


StyleRed Bordeaux
AppellationDry Creek Valley
VarietalMerlot
PairingChocolate Brownie
Alcohol14.10%
Bottle750ml
Bottled2007-11-01
Drinkable2006 - 2015