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1997 Arrowood Vineyards and Winery Merlot Sonoma
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About Arrowood Vineyards and Winery

Chardonnay and Cabernet are the most important varieties from a commercial standpoint at Arrowood, but the Viogniers and unusually rich barrel-aged Pinot Blanc have been consistently excellent for many years...

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1997 Arrowood Vineyards and Winery Merlot Sonoma

Producer: Arrowood Vineyards and Winery
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Merlot
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma

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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2000

Good deep red. Ripe aromas of plum, currant, milk chocolate, tobacco and minerals. Plump, sweet and mouthfilling, with good depth and pronounced oakiness. Rather oaky finish features granular tannins and good persistence.

90 Points | Wine Spectator
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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