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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 18 
ProducerEstancia (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationAlexander Valley
UPC Code(s)083085301033, 083085501068

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2011 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.8 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 25 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by EricFromMD on 12/26/2011 & rated 90 points: Still delicious. Fruit receding, but still there with lots of cedar and smoke. Decanted for an hour. (2598 views)
 Tasted by Primordialsoup on 12/22/2011 & rated 91 points: Heady, tawny, mature meritage. Slightly raisiny with a tinge of smoke. Pleasurable finish. There's still time to enjoy this, but drink now. Paso Robles bottle. (2488 views)
 Tasted by GourmetTravelCLub on 11/2/2010 & rated 91 points: We found this in the back of the cellar and glad we opened it when we did. We enjoyed this wine with pork chops and acorn squash which was a nice marriage. Smooth and easy with a nice earthy nose. Estancia Meritage is a favorite "maintenance wine". (2973 views)
 Tasted by jbehrendt on 3/27/2010 & rated 90 points: Really enjoyable! Drank with lamb chops; then finished the bottle a day later. This was my last bottle. Wish I had more. (3075 views)
 Tasted by kds1398 on 8/8/2009: Drank at Brexton's baby shower. (3387 views)
 Tasted by mattyboy76 on 2/15/2009 & rated 92 points: Decanted for one hour, drank with marinated pork tenderloin. Wonderful cabernet fruit, softened by the merlot in the blend. Perfect amount of aging in the bottle. I would definitely drink more if I had any left... (2096 views)
 Tasted by spo on 11/27/2008: Seemed pretty young, all I really got was cherry. (2009 views)
 Tasted by RNA_Polymerase on 4/2/2008 & rated 84 points: Perhaps some big tannins here, but this wine is tight and shy -- no discernable flavors. Pretty disappointing because I have had good luck with Estancia in the past. (2385 views)
 Tasted by The Wine Guy on 3/5/2008 & rated 87 points: disapointing, had at Berns Steak house in Tampa should have chose wiser considering the selection. poor structure, a bit over tight on the start and finsih, opened up a bit but would suggest a later vintatge perhaps the 04 which is very nice. (2261 views)
 Tasted by Average Joe on 3/13/2007 & rated 87 points: Solid Sonoma cab blend. Rumoured to be the final year of the Meritage, but I think they skipped a couple of years and it's back now. Anyway, probably ready to drink now, I didn't taste more tannin that needed time. (2491 views)
 Tasted by yeastbeast on 10/30/2006 & rated 87 points: Drank this with Steve the other night. I had a cold, so my ability to discriminate subtle flavors was whacked out. General impression is that body, acidity and tannins were all robust and well-preserved despite unknown provenance and cellaring of this bottle. Steve pronounced it "damn good." (2986 views)
 Tasted by twoamps on 9/26/2006 & rated 86 points: ho hum. Not bad but it’s pretty much just grape juice and oak...Not worth the money. (233 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/26/2006 & rated 86 points: A bit disappointing. Dry. Dark fruit. Very little real complexity or depth. (2716 views)
 Tasted by Gulelin on 5/26/2006 & rated 89 points: I opened this now for fear that it was going to start fading, but I think it even had some rough edges to smooth out. Was very good. (2395 views)
 Tasted by psmith on 2/26/2006 & rated 88 points: Lush and ripe Merlot-dominated nose. Velvety, soft mouthfeel with good length and framed by ample fine tannin. Lacking some in pedigree or individuality but certainly tasty. For those who enjoy this style an excellent wine for the price. (3163 views)
 Tasted by rayphillips on 1/20/2006 & rated 88 points: Picked this wine off the wine list on an educated guess and enjoyed it very much. (3366 views)
 Tasted by Gulelin on 12/25/2005 & rated 90 points: Well balanced but still slighty tannic (tasting note from journal). (2143 views)
 Tasted by GlenD on 8/11/2005 & rated 86 points: Tried this at a restaurant. It was tight and tannic, finishing way too dry to be enjoyed fully now. It has some stuffing, but it needs a couple of years to soften up. (3362 views)
 Tasted by twoamps on 6/10/2005 & rated 88 points: not bad nothing memorable. wimpy. (207 views)
 Tasted by davidandrose on 5/29/2005 & rated 82 points: Had this last night in a restaurant with a shalllow list and stout markups. I;ve enjoyed every vintage of this in the past since 1997 as a great QPR wine with nice balance; this was far weaker than the 98 or 2000. Wine was stored at room temp and asked to have it chilled a bit to bring down the temp. Had a nice color but a thin consistency, which continued into the taste. Extremely shallow, slightly sour with some off (sweat socks) flavor. Hot alcohol bite as well. Should I try another bottle to see if this was an aberration? Not here, not now. (3539 views)

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Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


The Meritage Association

What Is Meritage?
In 1988, a group of American vintners formed The Meritage Association to identify hand-crafted wines blended from the traditional "noble" Bordeaux varietals including: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot and Malbec or Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Sauvignon Vert."Meritage," pronounced like "heritage," was selected from more than 6,000 entries in an international contest to name the new wine category. Meritage is an invented word that combines "merit" and "heritage" - reflecting the spirit of members of The Meritage Association. Meritage® is a registered trademark of The Meritage Association. To use this name on your wine label, please contacthttp://www.meritagewine.org/about becoming a member.
Who's Legal?http://www.meritagewine.org/new_members.htm


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