Reserve Merlot 2014

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Reserve Merlot 2014

Region: America / California / Sonoma Valley
Grapes: 77% Merlot, 19% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

The Reserve Sonoma Valley Merlot shows off the rich and flavorful fruit grown in Certified Sustainable Estate Vineyards. Merlot grapes thrive in Sonoma Valley Wild Oak and Behler 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. The Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Lagomarsino Estate Vineyard high in the hills near Healdsburg. The hillside setting produces small, concentrated grapes that are a perfect complement to the Merlot and Malbec. After hand-sorting, the grapes underwent a two-day cold soak to extract optimal color and flavor. For added depth and complexity, we blended in a small amount of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The selected lots are fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then aged in 100% French oak barrels, 48% new, where it underwent malolactic fermentation, followed by 20 months of aging.

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harvest note

Warm sunny days throughout the spring and summer months set the stage for a spectacular harvest in September 2014. The lack of rain meant that harvest began a little earlier than normal and was short in length, finishing up by the end of October. The temperate days leading up to harvest produced good yields of high quality fruit with concentrated flavors, complex aromatics and excellent structure.

tasting note

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

food pairing

Excellent with duck confit, short ribs and poached pears

technical data

GRAPES: 77% Merlot, 19% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Sonoma Valley
ABV: 15%
AGING: 20 Months, 100% French Oak

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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