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Provenance Merlot Napa Valley 2007Provenance Merlot Napa Valley 2007
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Size: 750ml.
Producer: Provenance

WS 88 WA 86 CG 88


Provenance's 2006 Merlot isn’t shy, with its deep, dark garnet hue and abounding aromas of rich black cherry, cassis and clove. Approachable, integrated tannins frame the generous dark fruit flavors and coat the palate with soft velvet. The long, fruity finish, laced with autumn spices, ends with a lively cranberry zing. “This is a very classy wine from a gorgeous vintage. Take that, Miles!” laughs Winemaker Tom Rinaldi, with a reference to the film Sideways.

Reviews:

"Well-defined, with red currant, licorice and toasty vanilla flavors that linger as the tannins firm up. Drink now through 2013. 11,300 cases made. –TF" -Rated 88, Wine Spectator

"The 2006 Merlot Napa reveals notes of cocoa, cherries, plums, and herbs as well as elegant, mid-weight flavors, and a supple finish. It should drink well for 4-5 years. Owned by the huge firm of Diageo Chateau and Estate Wines, Provenance-s wines have not come back as strongly as those of the nearly historic winery they also own, Beaulieu Vineyards. " -Rated 86, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Although a bit closed to start and hinting at dusty spice more than fruit, this bottling grows ever fruitier and richer with air, and its concentrated flavors of pomegranate and well-ripened cherries confirm that there is plenty of fruit at its heart. Fairly evident acids both brighten and stiffen its finish, and a few years in the cellar will be to its benefit." -Rated 88, Connoisseur's Guide to California Wines