2018											Merlot					 Bottle

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2018
Merlot

Sonoma County

94 pts, Sunset Magazine! Double Gold, SF Chronicle 2021 Wine Competition! 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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Aromas & Flavors

This is a velvety Merlot with a complex nose of plum, cherry, cedar, black peppercorn and pomegranate followed by an enticing palate with flavors of black huckleberries, dried currants, leather and clove. 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 3 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 in wine caves, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit, tannin and oak.

The Vintage

The 2018 vintage began with typical Sonoma County winter weather and rainfall accumulating to average amounts by the end of spring. Cool weather in the spring extended bloom, resulting in a later set with good yields. Moderate temperatures during the summer slowed veriason and ripening, and that led to a later projected harvest start date than we have seen in many years. The long growing season allowed the grapes time to develop color, complexity, structure and delicious flavors.

AppellationSonoma County

GrapeMerlot

Cooperage24% new French and Eastern European oak, 76% older oak

ReleaseSpring 2021

Tasting Notes

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