2001 Behrens & Hitchcock - Merlot Napa Valley 750ml

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2001 Behrens & Hitchcock - Merlot Napa Valley
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International Wine Cellar | 88-90

($42) Medium ruby. Vibrant, pure aromas of blueberry, blackberry, violet and bitter chocolate. A sappy fruit bomb in the mouth, with flavors of pure crushed dark berries. Not especially complex but in a distinctly crowd-pleasing style. Finishes with good but not outstanding length and a touch of dryness.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Score: 88
Author: pliskin
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 12/10/2010
Tons of fruit, but a little thin, almost watery, in the mid-palate after an immediate fruit attack. On the plus side, it's still fresh as a daisy -- maybe the plastic cork is paying off.

About This Producer


The husband and wife duo of Lisa Drinkward and Les Behrens got their start with their award-winning restaurant, Folie Douce in Arcata, California. When loyal clientele Joe Bob Hitchcock and his wife Lily learned of Les' thoughts of winemaking, the couple decided to put up some capital to join him in his endeavor. The first 175 cases were produced in 1993, and grew to 750 over the next three years. In 1997, the vineyard moved from Arcata to Napa Valley, where Behrens & Hitchcock eventually decided to purchase acreage on Spring Mountain. The team worked hard to produce its first single-vineyard wines during the 1999 harvest. Today the winery is seemingly an overnight success, producing single-lot Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petite Syrah of outstanding quality.

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