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1999 McCray Ridge Merlot ~ Two Moon Vineyard

Wine Enthusiast  ~  93
A very good Merlot, with near-perfect fruit, balanced between blackberries and olives...  The wine has the elusive quality of elegance. 
(September 2002. Steve Heimoff)

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat  ~ * * *
Complex. Vibrant.  Sweet, yet modest cherry & black cherry fruit flavors.
A young wine; will age well. 
(March 13, 2002)

Colorado Wine News
Aromas of chocolate, smoke, black raspberry; blackberry, and currant.  All continue on to the fairly big palate, which adds cinnamon and plenty of fine tannin before a short, medium broad finish. Very Nice now, it should be even nicer in a year when the tannins will be in better balance.  (April-June, 2002)

Competitive Awards:

Gold Medal

2002 Los Angeles County Wines of the World 

Silver Medal

InternationalEastern Wine Competition

Silver Medal

2002 Grand Harvest Awards Wine Competition 

Silver Medal

2002 San Diego National Wine Competition

Silver Medal

Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Bronze Medal

Orange County Fair Wine Competition

Gold Medal

Package Design: Best Use of Art, 2002 San Diego National Wine Competition

Wine & Spirits ~  87
Big, black and impenetrable.  At first it seems super-ripe, if not bruised.  But time shows it to be solid, dense, with black cherry and apple-skin character hinting at edges.  More time will tell; cellar it. 
(June, 2002.  Joshua Greene)

Connoisseur’s Guide  ~  87 & 1 puff
If showing a certain kinship to its older sibling (the 1998) by way of body and a note of finishing toughness, this bottling is deeper and more consistent in fruit with a bit of succulence missing in the 1998.  It ends a bit bluntly just now, but we like its chances for improvement.  
(May, 2002)

 

 


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