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2001 Rustenberg John X Merriman (750ml)
Producer: Rustenberg Wines rustenberg.com
Appellation: Stellenbosch - South Africa
Type: red
Varietal: Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Franc - Petit Verdot
Maturity: Drink/Mature
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$28.00
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Tasting Notes:
rated: May 1, 2004 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
91 points "Flashy style, with lots of black tea, fig, sweet toast, black currant, bittersweet chocolate, plum and blackberry compote aromas and flavors. Long and lush, this is concentrated, but stays balanced and alluring. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2006." Best 2004-2006
rated: May 1, 2004 , Stephen Tanzer wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
"88-91 points: 14.3% alcohol; 52% merlot, 44% cabernet sauvignon and 4% cabernet franc; a blend of 31 components, according to Badenhorst. Deep ruby. Very ripe aromas of black raspberry, roast coffee and maple syrup; hints of crystallized fruits. Deep, dense and sweet, with a lush texture and the sweetening influence of 40% new oak. Evolving slowly. Finishes with big but sweet oak-influenced tannins and very good length."
rated: April 20, 2005 , Catherine Granger ManageYourCellar.com
4 stars "Dark color. Moka and blackberry aromas on the nose. On the palate, full-bodied and well-balanced with some complexity. Elegant finish."