2016 Sonoma County Merlot

Winemaking Notes

Food pairings

Enjoy this soft, rich, elegant Merlot over the next two to four years with charcuterie, grilled pork ribs and burgers.

History

The Vineyards

The 2016 vintage was warm overall, but cooler than the previous few years. Budbreak was very early, weeks ahead of average. Cool and hot weather
alternated the rest of the summer. The acidity and tannins in the berries remained firm as we were looking at the possibility of a record early harvest date, so we chose to let the sugars go, and waited for the acids to lower and for the tannins to soften. Satisfied with the flavors, and with all things in balance, Merlot harvest started August 21 and wrapped up October 7, 2015.

$20.00

Appellation:

Sonoma County

Varietal:

Merlot

Alcohol:

14.5%

TA:

0.47g/100mL

PH:

3.63

Cellar & Fermentation:

22 months in 100% French oak

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