2002 Gainey Merlot Limited Selection – California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley
Wine Rating: 90
Uncorked: 2007.08.19 – The Special Occasion of “Today”
See the note below about why I’m drinking this wine today. It’s a non-occasion special occasion!
I have to admit, Merlot is not my favorite varietal. Too often it is unexceptional and has become the “new pinot noir” for the masses. Gainey’s Merlot and Merlot Limited Selection defy that definition. This tastes like a wine that is “crafted” rather than “produced.” The color is stunning — ruby, almost garnet. The nose is interesting with intense dark berries, charred oak, and worn leather. In the mouth it is velvety with dark berries, licorace, and a slight minerality. It has a long, balanced finish with soft tanins and supple fruit. A very nice “special occasion” wine!
$35.00 Gainey Cellar Club