2004 Estate Carnaval Meritage Leal Vineyards Wine Review

2004 Léal Estate Carnavál Meritage.  It’s unfiltered (I love unfiltered wine!), silky in the mouth, leading to a lasting finish, firm but soft tannins, should age well for years. While I have a bit of a preference for their Cabernet, this meritage is complex and enjoyable…a favorite “every-day” drinking wine. And, a nice job at blending selections. Would highly recommend, especially for the cost, and I will undoubtedly purchase it again.

Leal Vineyards is one of my personal favorites.  They offer a variety of selections, and, they are all quite simply delicious!

Comments from the Winemaker:

“A soft entry way leads to a juicy and toasty wine with good depth and length. Merlot brings a juicy component and velvety texture. Cab contributes layers of flavors and tannin structure. Cab Franc adds cocoa and coffee. Deep colored and spicy Malbec provides backbone. The perfect example of why the best Chateaux of Bordeaux blend – the sum is greater than the parts! The approachability and complexity of Carnavál make it a great match for everyday American fare, including chili, burgers, and pizza.”

-Owner/Winemaker Frank Léal

  • Appellation: San Benito County
  • Harvest: 11 Nov 2003
  • Cépage: 44% Merlot,
  • 30% Cabernet Sauvignon,
  • 21% Cabernet Franc,
  • 5% Malbec
  • Cooperage: 70% American, Demptos.
  • 30% French, Mercier
  • Barrel Aging: 21 months
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Produced: 1,111 cases
  • Released: Summer/Fall 2006
  • T.R. Retail: $24

Léal Vineyards website: www.LealVineyards.com


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