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.

2017 Merlot
Alexander Valley

Tasting Note: Beautiful red raspberry, black cherry and deep complex aromas. Shows red plum, red currant, blackberry, and a touch chocolate. Full and round mouth feel with soft tannins. A cabernet drinker’s Merlot. Drink now through 2025.


2017 Merlot
Dry Creek Valley

Tasting Note: Lovely fresh blueberry and red cherry aromatics are laced with hints of mocha and white pepper. The mouth reveals cola and dark fruit—black plum and dark cherry—creating a purple essence mid-palate. Supple tannins and an integrated structure merge with the luscious flavors, presenting a round, full finish. Delicious now, and during the next 10 years.

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