Sonoma County Merlot 2017

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Merlot 2017

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 100% Merlot

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.

93 Points

Press Democrat

2017 vintage
92 Points

Sunset International Wine Competition

2017 vintage
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harvest note

The 2017 growing season started out wet with record-breaking rainfall refreshing the vineyards after several dry years. The mild spring led to timely bud break and good fruit set, followed by ideal conditions of cool mornings and warm, sunny days throughout the summer months. Our first grapes of the season were “blessed” on August 25, officially beginning the St. Francis harvest. A few days of intense heat at the beginning of September sped up ripening throughout the region. Well-timed picks throughout the month meant the majority of fruit was in by the first week of October. Beautiful color, well-defined aromatics and outstanding flavor are all evident in this year’s vintage.

tasting note

This Merlot shows off deep, rich color and structure. Layers of aromas and flavors of cassis, plum, dried currant and savory spices introduce a long, silky finish in this classic wine.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Merlot
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
ABV: 14.8%
AGING: 16 months in 100% French Oak

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."

– Chris Louton, Winemaker

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