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1997 Havens Reserve Merlot, 3.0ltr

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Latest Sale Price

January 18, 2009 - $150

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RATINGS

91Robert M. Parker Jr.

Slightly backward and concentrated, the opaque purple-colored 1997 Merlot Reserve possesses full body and great extract and richness, as well as lots of tannin, volume, and flavor intensity.

90-92Stephen Tanzer

Knockout aromas of redcurrant and Cuban tobacco; this reminded me of a right-bank Bordeaux, but with the urgent fruity brightness of California. Shows excellent flavor intensity...

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Carneros

Carneros AVA, also known as Los Carneros, is at the southern end of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys at the top of the San Francisco Bay. The 8,000 vineyard acres are mostly planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both of which thrive in the district’s cool, marine climate. Carneros became an AVA in 1983 and it has attracted foreign wine companies along with local producers. It has been especially appealing to European producers of sparkling wines including the giant Spanish cava producers Codorniu and Frexinet, and the French Champagne house Taittinger. Codorniu in Carneros is called Artesa, and Frexinet’s Carneros brand is Gloria Ferrer. Taittinger calls its Carneros winery Domaine Carneros. The European producers also make still wines in Carneros.

TYPE

Red Wine, Merlot

The Merlot grape is such a deep blue that it is named for the blackbird. It’s an early ripening grape and one of the primary varietals used In Bordeaux. Merlot is also grown in the "International style," which is harvested later to bring out more tannins and body.