Maker: Concannon Vineyard, Livermore & San Luis Obispo, California
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 9 out of 10
Concannon Central Coast Merlot 2003 is a wine that speaks to our tastes. It is highly aromatic, with cherry, spice, smoke, and leather notes. The flavor is interesting, with cherry and blackberry well balanced with toasty oak and black pepper. A bit of acidity lingers on the tongue afterwards. We’d consider Concannon Merlot a great buy – we found it on sale for well under $10, and liked it enough to consider hopping in the car to see if we could snag a few more bargain bottles.
The Concannon Merlot bottle is nicely turned out, too – an embossed silver label gives it a premium appearance. Concannon Vineyard has a long history in the Golden State; their website states,
Since 1883, Concannon Vineyard has handcrafted intriguing wines from grapes grown in the San Francisco Bay and California’s Central Coast areas. The austere, rocky soil at our Livermore Valley estate encourages the vines to concentrate flavors in the ripening of its fruit. Over the last century, we have carefully adapted our planting and trellising to take advantage of our unique terroir. The result: intensely flavored and wonderfully balanced grapes that make for award-winning wines.
Perhaps there’s more than a bit of marketing in that quote, but we have to agree with the intense flavor and balance comments. Concannon Merlot compares well with wines costing much more.