Cases Produced: 197
Tasting Notes: This Merlot is a delicious full-bodied wine that is brilliantly balanced. Dark cherry, dried blueberry and a dusting of dark chocolate carry through the palate. This wine has loads of dark fruit flavors that are in balance with notes of pepper, black tea and clove. Very well structured with a velvety finish. Pair with your favorite red meat or kabobs. Drink now or cellar for 4-6 years.
Vineyard Site: Handpicked fruit for this Merlot came from our Sunny Slope Vineyard, located in the eastern foothills of the Mayacamas Mountain of Sonoma Valley, and our Imagery Estate Vineyard. Each vineyard has southwest exposure allowing for maximum sunlight exposure, resulting in grapes with complex and fully developed dark fruit flavors.
Vinification: The fruit was fermented for 30 days in a pumpover tank. The wine was pressed at dryness and then placed in 100% French oak barrels (45% new oak) for 18 months.The final wine bottled in May of 2017.
Label Art By: Era and Don Farnsworth, Oakland, California