1999 Behrens & Hitchcock Merlot Alder Springs Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Mendocino County
Drink between 2004 - 2018 (Edit)
CT90.8 7 reviews
Label borrowed from 2000
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Community Tasting Notes 7

  • GoBlue2002 wrote:

    October 9, 2013 - Quite an odd wine. My wife loved it... 92 points in her book... and I thought it was flawed.
    Purple artificial cork. Moderate red color with some bricking, but quite a youthful look for a wine this old. Aromas of blueberries and raspberries, but teetering towards port aromas.
    Very one-dimensional finish, porty.

  • stevenjstein Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 31, 2012 - Very juicy black fruit. A touch grapey even. Has some floral notes as well. Has enough of a backbone of tannins and acidity to hold up the fruit. Has enough left to suggest it has some years ahead of it.

  • rdfech01 wrote: 88 points

    January 23, 2009 - First impression was a very reticent nose. Dusty tannins covered the fruit. Decanted and waited an hour. The merlot is there but faded with tannins that did not seem integrated.

  • veniceslug1 wrote: 91 points

    February 16, 2006 - Rich and thick, a wonderful mouth feel. Loads of dark fruit. One of the best merlots I have ever had.

  • Deadbird wrote: 90 points

    August 20, 2005 - More structure then i expected. Very deep color good nose and moderate length. Great fun with steak and potato

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96 (link)

    (Behrens and Hitchcock Merlot Alder Springs Ranch Mendocino) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1999
  • Type Red
  • Producer Behrens & Hitchcock
  • Varietal Merlot
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Alder Springs Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Mendocino County

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 30 (35%)
  • Consumed 56 (65%)

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