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2016
Merlot

Sonoma County

Gold, Judges’ Selection Medal winner at the 2019 TEXSOM International Wine Awards this beautifully-balanced and medium-bodied wine is made from select lots of grapes chosen from our vineyards in Sonoma. The cool climate, valley-floor vineyards produce supple, fruit-forward wine, while the mountaintop vineyard fruit lends intensity and structure.

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Gold - Judges' Selection Medal, 2019 TEXSOM International Wine Awards

03/15/2019

Silver Medal, 2019 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

04/15/2019

Gold Medal, 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

01/14/2019


Aromas & Flavors

This is a velvety Merlot with a complex nose of cherry cola, cedar, vanilla and English toffee, followed by an enticing mouthfeel with flavors of plum, licorice, raspberry, mocha and cinnamon spice. This wine has impressive length and a lasting, elegant finish.

Food Pairings

The fruit forward, easy-drinking qualities of this Merlot make it the perfect wine to pair with any red meat course, Italian entrees and roasted or grilled fragrantly-spiced poultry dishes.

How It's Made

Upon entering the winery, the hand-harvested grapes are sorted, destemmed and then cold soaked for three days. Following the cold soak, yeast is added and pump overs commence, one to two times daily, for the duration of primary fermentation. The wine is drained and pressed, then moved to barrels for malolactic fermentation, remaining in individual lots until blending and bottling. The wine completes a total of 16 months barrel aging, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak.

The Vintage

The 2016 vintage began with the vines producing good yields in the midst of a fourth year of drought. The vineyards performed well with considerable amounts of rainfall in late winter and early spring, combined with mild and warmer early spring conditions. Although there were many mornings of heavy fog in late August, most of the summer and early fall were sunny, warm and dry. The 2016 growing season was ideal for quality wine grape farming and harvesting at optimal ripeness.

AppellationSonoma County

GrapeMerlot

Cooperage33% new French, Eastern European and American oak, 67% older oak

ReleaseSummer 2019

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