The resulting wine is deep ruby red in color, with aromas of black cherry, plum, coffee, hazelnut, and nutmeg. Thetannins are ripe, soft, and sweet, and the finish is very long and full. While delicious to drink in the full fruit of itsyouth, this wine will continue to increase in complexity and richness for six to ten years as it ages in the bottle.
The majority of the grapes came from relatively high-altitude vineyards located in the Mendocino, Potter Valley and Red Hills American Viticultural Areas. These mountainous terrains have the benefit of warm continental days balanced by a sudden cooling as the sun sets. This allows the fruit to ripen fully while retaining its natural acidity and bright fruit flavors. The remainder of the grapes came from Paso Robles, where the long, mild growing season produces juicy cherry–berry flavors in the Merlot.
1999DYNAMITE MERLOTNORTH COAST APPELLATIONVARIETAL COMPOSITION98% Merlot2% Cabernet SauvignonBARREL AGING14 Months in 60 Gallon French andAmerican Oak Barrels33% New American OakOPTIMUM TIME FOR CONSUMPTION2001–2010PRODUCTION STATISTICSHarvest Dates 9/9/99–10/25/99Bottling Date 3/16/00Sugar at Harvest 25.0° BrixGrape Acidity 7.7 gm/literGrape pH 3.42Wine Acidity 5.6 gm/literWine pH 3.75Wine Alcohol 13.9%Case Production 26,000
recommend serving this wine with pork tenderloin stuffed with a puree of garlic, dried cherries, dried apricots,prunes, and savory herbs served with a red wine reduction sauce.