2015 Klassen Merlot

2015 Klassen Merlot

Sonoma County - Cellar-Worthy

94pt QPR Rated | Duckhorn & Pride Fans' Pick

$12.99
Retail Price
$25.00
Savings
48%



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VARIETAL: Merlot

ALCOHOL: 14.00%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

94 Insider Points *Cellar Selection

 

 

Reviews:

The dark red color screams red cherries, and the nose is massive cherry compote and baking spice. Brian Klassen sources micro vineyards throughout Sonoma county to produce this small lot of Merlot. Mostly Alexander Valley, Kenwood, and Sonoma Valley. The nose is profound, unfined and unfiltered for sure this wine far exceeded our expectations. Soft in the mouth the tannins come on as a second wave; fine grain texture in the wine, Dark fruit of Black Cherry and milk chocolate in flavor. This wine is a new release and shows its youth. Slightly over 14%ABV the wine is not boozy but balanced. Lots of time to cellar and enjoy this steal. If you age the wine for about 5 to 8 years the wine will be in its peak window of drinkability. Decant now if instant gratification is your thing, or cellar. Either way air will open this juicy delicious wine. Pair with roasted meats and aromatic risottos. -DZ 5/17

 

Why We're Drinking It:

Four Reasons:

  • The brand new 2015 vintage in Sonoma is already known for its long, warm growing season and extended hang time, allowing for perfectly ripe fruit.
  • Importer and winemaker Brian Klassen has an extensive background in the food industry as both chef and sommelier and has worked in restaurants in Canada, Australia, the Bahamas and the U.S.
  • Klassen included 6% of Sonoma County Petite Sirah (also known as Durif) to this 94% Merlot—with the P.S. adding its characteristic black pepper profile and rich dark chocolate.
  • Murphy’s is in California’s Gold Country, a region better known for denim and whiskey saloons than wine. Nonetheless, Murphy’s is home to Klassen’s importing and brokering company, though Brian’s eponymous wines are sourced from Sonoma.

Right off the presses and bursting at the seams with berry and fruit pie flavors accented by clever notes of spice and tannin. Brian Klassen is a wine guy to the core. As the owner of a boutique importing and brokerage company, he’s got connections to parcels of the best fruit sources anywhere on the planet.

Pedroncelli’s established Merlot vines in Sonoma’s Dry Creek are the kind of grapes winemakers go ga-ga over, though few are likely to secure this kind of source material. Klassen made the most of this find, fashioning a classy and balanced red that appeals to Cab-only drinkers and Bordeaux fans as well. A devotee of the European style of winemaking, Brian Klassen makes wine for the table. This Merlot emphasizes structure and terroir, not over ripeness or insane levels of alcohol. Klassen’s 10th release of a Sonoma County Merlot is the closest rendition of a Right Bank Bordeaux our Panel has tried from California recently—though blissfully without Bordeaux’s sticker shock.
 

Tasting Notes:

Rich scents of black cherry, plum, vanilla, and dark chocolate. A very well-rounded wine with accentuated balanced flavors of plum, vanilla and cherry-spice. Mature, yet yielding, tannins lend a long and lingering finish.

The Story to Know:

From the winery:

Klassen Wines & Craft Beer is a fully-integrated wine and beer agency operating across the United States with existing points of distribution in twenty-one states. They produce, import and broker fine wines and craft beers from around the world. Klassen's signature wines Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, and Big Mouth Red are available in fine wine stores throughout California. The selection process, on the imported wines and micro-brewed craft beer they represent, is based not only on quality and value, but also on the integrity of the product.

Four Reasons:

  • The brand new 2015 vintage in Sonoma is already known for its long, warm growing season and extended hang time, allowing for perfectly ripe fruit.
  • Importer and winemaker Brian Klassen has an extensive background in the food industry as both chef and sommelier and has worked in restaurants in Canada, Australia, the Bahamas and the U.S.
  • Klassen included 6% of Sonoma County Petite Sirah (also known as Durif) to this 94% Merlot—with the P.S. adding its characteristic black pepper profile and rich dark chocolate.
  • Murphy’s is in California’s Gold Country, a region better known for denim and whiskey saloons than wine. Nonetheless, Murphy’s is home to Klassen’s importing and brokering company, though Brian’s eponymous wines are sourced from Sonoma.

Right off the presses and bursting at the seams with berry and fruit pie flavors accented by clever notes of spice and tannin. Brian Klassen is a wine guy to the core. As the owner of a boutique importing and brokerage company, he’s got connections to parcels of the best fruit sources anywhere on the planet.

Pedroncelli’s established Merlot vines in Sonoma’s Dry Creek are the kind of grapes winemakers go ga-ga over, though few are likely to secure this kind of source material. Klassen made the most of this find, fashioning a classy and balanced red that appeals to Cab-only drinkers and Bordeaux fans as well. A devotee of the European style of winemaking, Brian Klassen makes wine for the table. This Merlot emphasizes structure and terroir, not over ripeness or insane levels of alcohol. Klassen’s 10th release of a Sonoma County Merlot is the closest rendition of a Right Bank Bordeaux our Panel has tried from California recently—though blissfully without Bordeaux’s sticker shock.
 

The dark red color screams red cherries, and the nose is massive cherry compote and baking spice. Brian Klassen sources micro vineyards throughout Sonoma county to produce this small lot of Merlot. Mostly Alexander Valley, Kenwood, and Sonoma Valley. The nose is profound, unfined and unfiltered for sure this wine far exceeded our expectations. Soft in the mouth the tannins come on as a second wave; fine grain texture in the wine, Dark fruit of Black Cherry and milk chocolate in flavor. This wine is a new release and shows its youth. Slightly over 14%ABV the wine is not boozy but balanced. Lots of time to cellar and enjoy this steal. If you age the wine for about 5 to 8 years the wine will be in its peak window of drinkability. Decant now if instant gratification is your thing, or cellar. Either way air will open this juicy delicious wine. Pair with roasted meats and aromatic risottos. -DZ 5/17

 

94 Insider Points *Cellar Selection

 

 

Rich scents of black cherry, plum, vanilla, and dark chocolate. A very well-rounded wine with accentuated balanced flavors of plum, vanilla and cherry-spice. Mature, yet yielding, tannins lend a long and lingering finish.

From the winery:

Klassen Wines & Craft Beer is a fully-integrated wine and beer agency operating across the United States with existing points of distribution in twenty-one states. They produce, import and broker fine wines and craft beers from around the world. Klassen's signature wines Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, and Big Mouth Red are available in fine wine stores throughout California. The selection process, on the imported wines and micro-brewed craft beer they represent, is based not only on quality and value, but also on the integrity of the product.