Mill Creek 2010 Merlot, Alexander Valley

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On February 5, 2014
Last modified:April 3, 2014


A decadent and lush offering of drop-dead beautiful Merlot.

There is no shame in not knowing Mill Creek Vineyards. It is easy to miss.

This is a tiny, family-run operation covering 55 acres in Sonoma County. Its focus is on high quality wines, and has been since its founding in the 1960s. Jeremy Kreck is a third generation winemaker: he and his extended family do it all themselves. This is pretty remarkable when most wineries outsource some (or all) elements of grape growing, winemaking, bottling, or sales.

A decadent and lush offering of drop-dead beautiful Merlot. Round and soft on the tongue, it offers up a complex potion of milk chocolate, rum raisin, and vanilla cola. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t have some serious bone fides, though. Aromas of graphite and currant and a finish of bay leaves and cherry stones shows a level of sophistication that often is missing from such a luxury-driven wine.

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