Any Word on 95 Matanzas Creek Merlot? - Printable Version

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- troutbum - 07-20-2000 01:50 PM

This is the first post for me, wondering if anyone has TNs or info on the 1995 Matanzaz Creek Merlot? Thanks.

- anna - 07-21-2000 10:34 AM

I opened a bottle of this last week and really enjoyed it. When I first got the 1995, it was kind of harsh and not particularly pleasant to drink. Well, a few years in the cellar did the trick -- now it's settled down, with the expected plum flavors in the forefront and a nice, smooth texture.

Sorry, I don't have the wine experience (yet!) or the vocabulary of many of the other posters here, but I think you'll enjoy this bottle now.

- troutbum - 07-23-2000 08:20 AM

Thanks Anna; I appreciate the info.

- winoweenie - 07-23-2000 10:45 AM

Troutbum, Welcome to the board. You can pretty much place the Matanzas in the top 5 Calif Merlots in any given vintage. The 95 is , and will get better,a fine bottle that has the prerequisites of fine merlot. Winoweenie

- troutbum - 07-24-2000 11:47 AM

Thanks WW, you have piqued my curiosity as to your other 4...TB

- winoweenie - 07-24-2000 07:10 PM

T-bum, IMHO the top merlot producers are as follows, Duckhorn " 3 Palms ", Pride, Pahlmeyer, Beringer " Bancroft Ranch ", and from Washinton state the Leonetti. There are lots of other vinyards making outstanding merlots from time-to-time but these fellers seem to have the handle. Winoweenie

- troutbum - 07-25-2000 02:28 AM

No arguement here on your picks, WW. Do you know the Behrens and Hitchcock? Thought that to be a big bottle.

- winoweenie - 07-25-2000 09:02 AM

T-bum, have tried a couple of their bottlings, the Napa and the Rudy`s Cuvee. Both are big wines but not exactly the style of merlot I favor. Seem a little bit too extracted. Maybe with age the bottlings will come along. I`ve only had the 97.Of the two I preferred the Rudy`s. Winoweenie