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2002 Behrens Family Merlot Napa Valley

  • 91 WA
  • 92 IWC
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SKU: 44415-2002-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($42; 16.3% alcohol; mostly from Yountville fruit) Medium ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of black raspberry, licorice and mint, with an herbal element that reminded me of garrigue Sweet and fruit-driven; just short of porty but carries its extreme ripeness reasonably gracefully. Lively black cherry and chocolate flavors linger on the long, strong finish, along with a smokiness from the Francois Freres barrels.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2004
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The medium-bodied, ripe 2002 Merlot Napa (all from the Jaeger Vineyard) possesses good fruit and richness, but it was not singing the day I tasted it.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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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    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 38 bottles owned
    • 10 collectors