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ANTHEM MERITAGE WINEMAKERS SELECT. | Red | 1999 | California - WE 92

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Intro: For five decades, the wines of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards have reflected the finest mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County. Our founder, Joe Martin, fell in love with Sonoma Valley and established St. Francis Vineyard in 1971, planting 22 acres of Chardonnay and the first 60 acres of Merlot in Sonoma Valley. After achieving great success as a grower, Joe opened his own winery in 1979 with his business partner Lloyd Canton.

Region: USA | California

Winery: St Francis

Grapes: Bordeaux Style Red Blend

Aging: French Oak Barrels

Tasting Notes: Wine Enthusiast 93 Points: "A big, dark, dense young wine that is flamboyant now, but give it a few years to really stun. As soft as velvet, with huge stuffing of berries, chocolate, herbs, coffee and oak, but carefully balanced. Winemaker Tom Mackey's first Meritage, an unusual blend dominated by Petit Verdot and Malbec." (WE) Oct 2003


Rating: WE 93, WS 92

ABV: 14.2%  Decant: 2hrs  Serving temp: 16-18 °C  Pairing: Beef, Lamb, Game (deer Venison) , Poultry

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