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2006 Buccella - Merlot Merlot - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Merlot
Producer Notes

Owners Bill and Alicia Deem started their iconic brand in the 2002 to produce exceptional Cabernet and Merlot. True to its name - Buccella means "mouthful" - these wines are rich, concentrated expressions of Napa fruit. Celia Welch consults with Rebekah Wineburg on the winemaking.

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Source Vinfolio

Dark, opaque, ruby red in the glass, this blend of 90% Merlot (from the Hyde vineyard), 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec is a combination of fruit sourced from Carneros, Oakville, Yountville and Coombsville. Aromas of black cherry, mint, violets, and a hint of vanilla permeate throughout. On the palate are subtle yet chewy tannins, a good structure and acidity, and multiple layers of dark berry fruit, mint, and a lingering chocolate finish.

Author Dougobrick
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.364%
Tasted On 02/20/2014
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Author Yamadori
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.436%
Tasted On 08/07/2011
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Author againc
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.029%
Tasted On 08/05/2011
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Author VinoDeparture
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.385%
Tasted On 04/27/2010

Buccella, along with Larkmead, Tor, and Dancing Hares, are my new favorite California cabs/cab blends. Any of these four wines in the 2005-2007 range seem to be unbelievable. The 2006 Bucella cab really stood out. I also loved their 2006 Merlot - much as I try to be snobbish about Merlot (a la Miles in Sideways), I couldn't help but love that wine.

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Author Daddy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.429%
Tasted On 08/15/2010

Bright flavors of chocolatte and white pepper. A bit like a young Petrus and about ten percent of the price. A new standard for merlot, now an underappreciate grape, from Napa. Delightful.

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Author sikora398
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.524%
Tasted On 04/19/2010

Another knockout merlot from them. Easily the best california merlot out there. Strong cocoa and ripe dark fruit flavors and firm grip. Doesn't fade into the sunset like most merlots. Keeps on and on and on. Wow.

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Author dougwilder
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Site / Blog dougwilder - the purely domestic wine blog Trust Rating 98.558%
Tasted On 05/18/2009

14.8% alcohol, 90% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 343 cases produced Aroma: black fig, boysenberry and some hints of smoked meats Palate: great texture - supple entry of plum, blackberry conserve with some racy raspberry adding a bit of grip at the end Impression: A beautiful followup to the stunning debut from this producer, excellent structure with smooth prune, dates and blackberry. Easily the new benchmark for California Merlot!

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