Sonoma Valley Merlot 2014

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma Valley Merlot 2014

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 97% Merlot, 3% Malbec

Joe Martin was the first grower to plant Merlot in Sonoma Valley. Merlot thrives in this picturesque valley where warm days are cooled by evening breezes and fog from the Pacific Ocean. The grapes in Sonoma Valley Merlot come from our Estate Behler and Wild Oak vineyards, as well as from top growers throughout the area. Each carefully selected vineyard contributes distinctive and individual qualities to the finished wine.

The grapes are gently de-stemmed before cold-soaking for two days to extract optimal color and flavor. The fruit is fermented in separate lots, allowing each lot to be individually and distinctly crafted before being aged in French oak barrels, 25% new. The wines are kept 16 months in barrel before final blending and bottling.

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2014 vintage
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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

This is an expresssive and flavorful Merlot with multi-layered aromas and flavors of red cherry, plum, dried cranberry, espresso bean and savory spices. Medium-to-full bodied with a long, lingering finish.

food pairing

Excellent with beef, duck and blue cheese.

technical data

GRAPES: 97% Merlot, 3% Malbec
APPELLATION: Sonoma Valley
PH: 3.84
ACIDITY: 0.61 g/l
ABV: 14.8%
AGING: 16 months in 100% French Oak barrel

points of distinction

  • A classic California Merlot with luscious hints of plum and chocolate.
  • Matured for 16 months in French oak barrels for a complex flavor.
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Sonoma wines express themselves differently than wines from Napa. They have their own unique brightness and great intensity

– Chris Louton, Winemaker

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