"A full, deep garnet in color, the 2007 Merlot offers lush, ripe aromas of plum and black cherry, along with wonderful suggestions of spice cake, cocoa, and fine toasty oak. On the palate, it is generous and soft, with lots of black fruit flavors, mocha and anise, along with a touch of rose potpourri. Enjoy it with grilled or roasted red meats, poultry and feathered game, or with less spicy pastas and risottos. Tannins are plush enough to make it very enjoyable all by itself!" ~Winery Notes
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Legends often begin in the most ordinary surroundings. For Tony Cartlidge and Glen Browne, as with many great entrepreneurs and iconoclasts of the 20th century, the legend began in 1980 in an undistinguished Napa Valley garage. Cartlidge--a dreamer with a love of wine and a fondness for taking the road less traveled--and Browne--a man of great business sense and a small amount to invest--set out to build a wine company from scratch.
As far as they could tell, there was no need (or, more to the point, not enough money) to buy an estate. Only a desire to seek out the best vineyards, harvest the best grapes and make the best wine possible.
Cartlidge scoured the appellations of the North Coast in his 1960 Rambler, from Napa to Sonoma to Mendocino to Lake, to source grapes farmed with care and concern for the land. He brought the harvest back to a simple garage winery to handcraft wines they knew people would enjoy as much as they did. Cartlidge & Browne wines soon began to garner raves from critics and wine lovers alike.