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Wine Recommendation

Persimmon Creek Vineyards 2005 Merlot  (Georgia)

Persimmon Creek Vineyards

2005 Merlot

Forget those fruit bomb California Merlots! Head east to the Georgia Mountains for Dr. Sonny Hardman’s 2005 Merlot. His juice won’t blow your head off with alcohol and a fruit explosion. It’s refined, French in style and speaks of its 2100-foot elevation and stony soil. Open his waxed bottle and get ready to wait - you can’t just pop and play this wine.

Hardman’s Merlot has a deep, plum color that’s almost opaque. Keep swirling as you enjoy aromas of plum, Bing cherry, allspice and stone. First planted in 2000, it comes from four acres of his farm near Clayton in northeast Georgia. The Merlot block is on a hill, westward facing, receiving lots of light. Soil is rocky, sandy loam, yet alluvial.

Once it begins to open, you’ll think of Bordeaux. There’s no barn on this farm, but your nose might bet on one. The earth blends nicely with the tarty plums, cherries, coffee and soft tannins, with a hint of Georgia dust that brings it to a happy ending.

Food pairings that might light up your palate like a Georgia harvest moon include a standing rib roast, fresh Georgia quail - or better yet - it’s almost deer season!

Reviewed November 8, 2007 by Gregory McCluney.


Other Awards & Accolades

Bronze Medal - 2007 National Women’s Wine Competition

Other reviewed wines from Persimmon Creek Vineyards


The Wine

Winery: Persimmon Creek Vineyards
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Merlot
Appellation: Georgia
Grape: Merlot
Price: 750ml $24.00

Review Date: 11/8/2007

The Reviewer

Gregory McCluney

Greg McCluney has been writing about wine since 1987 and has judged many competitions including the Atlanta International Wine Summit, Florida Suncoast Winefest, Northwest Wine Competition and the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. His work has appeared in numerous regional, national and international publications including Wines & Vines, AirTran Arrivals in-flight magazine, Atlanta Magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tampa Bay’s Best, Atlanta Wine School and the James Beard Foundation publications. He conducts wine education classes and consults on wine selections for retail and restaurant clients.