Matanzas Creek Journey Red 2012

Matanzas Creek Journey Red


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Journey is Matanzas Creek’s flagship collection of wines. Classically-styled, limited-production, individually numbered bottlings composed of the best barrels in the winery’s cellar. The unifying qualities found in Journey wine is complex aromatics, commanding flavors, lively acids, long finishes and the ability to age. Highly rated by the press and prized by serious consumers, Journey is always among America’s most sought-after and collectable wine.

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation Sonoma County
Winery Matanzas Creek Winery
Vintage 2012
Color Red
Varietal(s) 90% Merlot 9% Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Petite Verdot
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 2012ml
Bottle Size 750
Case Size 12
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code 3415012
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Tasting notes

A beautiful fruit forward prole of fresh and preserved blackberry and boysenberry are interwoven with touches of salty black licorice and dark chocolate. Secondary aromas present an intriguing blend of mesquite, dried tarragon, and aged cigar box, providing an incredibly complex avor prole. An elegant mouth feel is highlighted by lightly roasted coee bean, which slowly evolves to touches of cocoa powder and freshly picked trues. A bright and refreshing acidity lingers on the nish.



Journey Red is a selection of Matanzas' best vineyard blocks. The blend changes with each harvest, but the focus remains the same: crafting an inspiration blend of impeccable balance and harmony. With this vintage Matanzas went back to its roots, focusing on the incredibly high-quality Merlot vineyard blocks, which rival some of the most famous Merlot sites in the world. The main clone component is Merlot Clone 181, informally known as the Petrus Clone, which provides supreme concentration and elegance, with a lingering, persistent finish.


Aged 16 months in 100% French Oak (46% new)


Winery Description

Naturally defined by the three mountain peaks that envelop it, Bennett Valley existed for many years in quiet obscurity – bountifully sustaining an agricultural community that had all but forgotten the valley’s pre-prohibition viticultural roots. It wasn’t until 1977 with the founding of Matanzas Creek Winery that the area’s winemaking potential was once again unearthed. But Matanzas Creek didn’t just breathe new life into the area, it helped revolutionize the entire industry and, in the process, put Bennett Valley back on the map. And now, over thirty years after the release of its first vintage, Matanzas Creek stands at the forefront of California viticulture. Each day yields new and exciting discoveries, and the winery’s future is as bright as its universally celebrated past.

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