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Te Awa Merlot - 2004(W-876)

Te Awa Merlot
Fresh, Fruity Smooth & Elegant

Winery Story

Te Awa Farm is a unique place. The full name in Maori - Te Awa o Te Atua - means River of God, a reference to the mysterious subterranean st... (more...)reams over which Te Awa Farm sits, and from which its single estate grown wines draw their sublime character. In 1992 the Lawson family -- longtime grape growers -- established the Hawke's Bay property.

Tasting Note

Rich, concentrated aromas and flavors of dark plum and cherry mingle with spice, licorice and mineral notes. Medium-bodied and well-structur... (more...)ed without astringent tannins. A subtle dark chocolate character comes through on the lingering finish, along with a hint of fragrant cherry.

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July 14, 2009
I wanted to like this one. I have always stuck up for the Merlots of the world, especially since some of my wine drinking friends don't much care for it. But I thought this was very bland. It starts out pretty good on the nose but once I tasted it... nothing. Just really flat and all flavors were pretty faint. Maybe it's that I have been having some bigger cabs lately but I still like a little pop to the merlot and this just did not have it. I doubt I'll be back for this one.


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