Reserve Merlot

Region: America / California / Sonoma Valley

Fruit from the Reserve Merlot comes exclusively from Sonoma Valley vineyards, which are relatively well protected from extreme weather patterns such as excessive heat and wind. This protection allows for slow and even ripening throughout the growing season resulting in fruit with great color and deep flavors. After hand-sorting, the grapes underwent a five-day cold soak to extract optimal color and flavor. Prior to fermentation, a saigné was performed. The selected lots are fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged in 100% French oak barrels, where it underwent malolactic fermentation, followed by 20 months of aging.

Outstanding

Quarterly Review of Wines

2013 vintage
94+ Points

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2013 vintage
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tasting note

The Reserve Sonoma Valley Merlot is a lush wine with spicy aromas of berry, licorice and sage. Flavors of chocolate and cassis shine before a long, smooth finish.

food pairing

Excellent with Duck Confit, Short Ribs and Poached Pears

points of distinction

  • Aged in 100% French oak barrels
  • vineyard details +
  • about the grape +
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“Putting this wine together, it was important to find the lots that really showcased why Sonoma Valley is the home for our Merlot. Dark cherry, plum and savory aromas along with mocha are highlighted by using Malbec to add additional layers of complexity and mouthfeel. Our warm days, breezy afternoons and cool nights give us the opportunity to slowly ripen and develop all these great characters.”

– Chris Louton, Winemaker

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