I was never swayed by the “Sideways Effect” on Merlot, which now seems a distant memory. I’ve continued to enjoy Merlot regularly, albeit with a twist. I now prefer local Merlots over any others. From Long Island, New York to Dahlonega, Georgia, I’ll pour a local Merlot over Napa Valley any day. In fact, I need to host a blind tasting to prove my theory that these local examples deliver more quality than their expensive counterparts.
Located in the heart of Georgia wine country, Three Sisters Vineyards holds the historic distinction of being “Dahlonega’s First Family Farm Winery” and also happens to be one of my favorites on the wine trail (click here to read more about Three Sisters Vineyards). During my last visit, I had the opportunity to enjoy their excellent 2006 Merlot and luckily grab a bottle before it’s gone.
Aged in French and American oak barrels for 12 months, the Three Sisters Vineyards 2006 Merlot is made with 100% estate grown Merlot from Lumpkin County, Georgia. Bright red fruit, especially plum, were prevalent on the nose. Flavors of red cherry, raspberry, tobacco and spice on the palate. An earthy, full-bodied wine with balanced tannins and acidity (and enough structure to age for 5 years). My only issue, this was my only bottle. Cheers!
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