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2009 Somerston Stornoway Red Blend, Napa Valley, USA

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Wine Notes

Indicative blend: 72% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc. In earlier vintages this wine was labelled 'Estate Grown Red Blend'.

Tasting note: Very serious Merlot with firm tannic backbone and layers of flavours that are reminiscent of Cabernet rather than Merlot. 68% Merlot and the rest is Cabernet Franc. 2007 is the first vintage of this wine. Tasted in: Napa Valley, USA. Maturity: Young. (20-Feb-2013) [Asian Palate Jeannie Cho Lee]

Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $80   From: $75   To: $90

Score: 89   When to drink: 2014 to 2024
The Wine-Searcher score of 89/100 is calculated from the following wine critic scores:
Critic Score When to drink
91-92/100   2014 to 2024
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Grape Variety

Cabernet Franc – Merlot is red wine blend with origins in Bordeaux’s Right Bank. Both grape varieties are members of the classic Bordeaux blend and have many complementary features. Merlot, which is usually used in higher proportions, provides most of the fruit characteristics of the blend – mulberries are flavor descriptors often used to identify these wines. Cabernet Franc adds more perfumed fragrances, with a herbal accent. Used in higher proportions, it may also add some tobacco leaf and green bell-pepper characteristics.

The Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend is most famously made in the prestigious ...more

  • Napa Valley, an hour's drive north of San Francisco, California, is the most famous and prestigious wine region anywhere in the New World. Although a number of grape varieties are grown in the valley's vineyards, the area is particularly known for its Cabernet Sauvignon. The classic 'Napa Cab', the archetypal Napa Valley wine, is a rich, oak-aged red with aromas of blackcurrant, boysenberry, liquorice, vanilla and smoky, bittersweet chocolate.

    Situated immediately north of San Pablo Bay, the valley runs roughly SE - NW for approximately 35 miles (57km) between the Vacas and Mayacamas mountain ranges (to the east and west respectively). The scenic 40-minute drive between the Napa and Calistoga townships passes through some of the most valuable viticultural real estate on Earth.

  • Napa County is the best-known county (in wine terms, at least) in the larger North Coast AVA of California, largely because it includes the world-famous Napa Valley AVA, which covers most of the region. Napa County lies between Yolo County to the east and Sonoma County to the west. Na...more

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