Full ruby-red. Smoky, roasted French oak sweetens the currant syrup, black cherry and mocha aromas. Lush and sweet but firm, with sexy, complex flavors of currant, gunflint, mocha, meat, minerals and oak spices. Clearly less green than the '99, as the owners have opened up the canopy to get more sun on the fruit, and discontinued nitrogen treatments to reduce the vigor of the vines. Very right bank in style. Finishes with firm but fine tannins and noteworthy persistence. This should be a merlot to follow as the vines mature.
A top-notch, sexy effort in a challenging vintage, Twomey’s 2000 Merlot (14.9% alcohol) is a voluptuous, chocolate, coffee, berries, toasty oak, and caramel-scented offering with candied black cherry and currant fruit. It is impossible to resist this decadently-styled blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.
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