chelsgoldThe exceptional combination of climate, exposure, and soil in the Dry Creek Appellation stamps its signature on this classic varietal. This estate vineyard is slightly cooler than those in Alexander Valley and is well-suited to growing deeply concentrated, powerful Merlot. It also has excellent drainage. River soils and sandy loam permit enough water retention to promote full grape maturity yet discourage the overly-vigorous Merlot from producing high yields.

2016 Merlot
Alexander Valley

Tasting Note: Highlights red fruit, dark chocolate, smoke, and bacon. Fresh and smooth with red plum, red currant, blackberry, Mission fig, and spicy clove flavors. Full and round mouthfeel with soft tannins. Graphite note in the finish.

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2016 Merlot
Dry Creek Valley

Tasting Note: Purple hue and purple middle. Lovely fresh blueberry and red cherry aromatics with a little mocha and white pepper. The mouth is cola and darker fruits such as blueberry and black cherry. Great ripe and supple tannins. Nice structure and a finish that is round and full.

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