Blossom Hill Merlot 2002

Price: $8
Maker: Blossom Hill Winery, Sonoma, California
Variety: Merlot
Packaging: Bottle, natural cork
Alcohol: 13.5%
Our Rating: 8 out of 10

We weren’t familiar with the winery when we picked up a bottle of Blossom Hill Merlot 2002, and we were pleasantly surprised by the wine’s fruity complexity. The nose was big, with dark berry, vanilla, and spice notes. This Merlot is medium bodied with good structure – the flavor has major plumminess, with spice and oak combining in a satisfying fashion. There’s pleasing acidity in the finish.

Although we couldn’t locate a Blossom Hill website, it appears that they are related to Glen Ellen winery and are a premium label for that group. I’d give Blossom Hill’s wine higher marks than their marketing – even with persistent Google searching it was hard to find out anything about the winery.

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