Catherine Fallis Reviews DiStefano 2002 Merlot

by jason on August 12, 2007

Catherine Fallis is the fifth woman in the world to have earned the title of Master Sommelier, and just posted a review of DiStefano’s 2002 Merlot. Below are some of her key findings.

Slightly hazy, deeply saturated ruby, and moderately viscous, the wine has aromas of earth, char, cedar, chocolate-covered raisin, stewed fruit, cherry jam, and a sweet Pinot-Noir like perfume. The entry is round and delicate. Dark berry, raisin, and molasses notes come out on the palate along with chewy oak tannins. The finish is long and spicy. This is the kind of wine that really demands food. Dishes such as lamb-stuffed eggplant, chicken mole, pappardelle with duck ragout, veal chops, Gouda or a smoked provolone come to mind.

The fruit came from two sources, the Roza Hills, and the Chandler Reach vineyards. It is blended with 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 24 months in French oak. Only 571 cases were produced.

Catherine Fallis is the Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC. More of her reviews here.

Complete winemaker’s notes here.

DiStefano’s tasting room is open Saturdays & Sundays 12-5, Fridays 12-4.

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