Reserve Merlot 2013

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Reserve Merlot 2013

Region: America / California / Sonoma Valley
Grapes: 80% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc

The fruit for our Reserve Sonoma Valley Merlot is grown exclusively in our Certified Sustainable Estate Behler and Wild Oak Vineyards. These vineyards are both 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 four-day cold soak to extract optimal color and flavor. For added depth and complexity, we blended in a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cab Franc. The selected lots are fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged in 100% French oak barrels, 40% new, where it underwent malolactic fermentation, followed by 20 months of aging.

90 Points

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2013 vintage

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2013 vintage
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harvest note

High quality, outstanding fruit characteristics and generous yields describe the 2013 harvest. Harvest started slightly earlier than previous years after an ideal growing season that provided optimum temperatures for grapes to ripen. We had a wealth of sunshine and consistently warm days and cool nights, allowing the fruit ample time to develop full, rich flavors with great color and balance.

tasting note

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

food pairing

Excellent with duck confit, short ribs and poached pears

technical data

GRAPES: 80% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc
APPELLATION: Sonoma Valley
ABV: 15%
AGING: Aged in 100% French oak barrels for 20 months

points of distinction

  • Aged in 100% French oak barrels
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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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