Sonoma Valley Merlot

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma Valley Merlot

Region: America / California / Sonoma Valley

The grapes come from estate vineyards in the Sonoma and Russian River valleys, as well as from growers in Sonoma County’s other top appellations, including Alexander Valley and Rockpile. All grapes are hand harvested, gently destemmed and crushed before cold soaking to extract optimal color and flavor. The fruit is then inoculated with many different yeast strains to build complexity, and fermented in separate lots using a combination of pump-overs and rack-and-return to soften tannins. The wine is matured in oak barrels.

90 Points

Wine Spectator

2013 vintage
90 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2010 vintage
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tasting note

This Merlot is smooth and elegant with classic flavors and aromas of cherry, chocolate and plum. Its silky structure is balanced by soft tannins and a bold, lengthy finish.

food pairing

Excellent with beef, duck and blue cheese.

points of distinction

  • A classic California Merlot with luscious hints of plum and chocolate
  • Matured for 14 months in oak barrels for a complex flavor
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“Spicy, yet smooth and silky, this luscious wine pairs perfectly with any occasion."

– Katie Madigan, Winemaker

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