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The 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.
Tasting Note:Intense purple and reds in color. The aromatics are opulent and very floral. No spice but more depth and richness than normal Merlots. Black fruits were a common theme. Black cherry and plum in the nose. The mouth follows with rich dark fruits of plum, blackberry and some chocolate texture. Lush ripe tannins, full body and the nice creamy velvet tongue-wrapping flavor. Drink for 20 years.
Tasting Note:Mid-purple edge with a brilliant red middle. With the great water-holding-capacity soil we are able to make full flavored Merlot with balanced acid and tannin. We highlight the elegance of the varietal with sweet fruit aromas of plum, blueberry and dark chocolate. In the mouth: Velvety tannins and a beautiful salinity makes you want to take another sip. Coffee and cedar along with a mix of blackberries and baking spice makes the Merlot complex and elegant, offering smooth layers of pomegranate and a depth of dark chocolate carrying through the persistent finish. Drink through 2031.
Tasting Note: The fresh bright red hue with purple edges leads into aromas of black cherry with hints of raspberry and black plum. The mouth opens with delicious vanilla and mocha merged with the same cherry and plum found on the nose. Enticing traces of graphite and a mineral essence build down the length of the mouth, joining pomegranate and more vanilla in the finish. Enjoy now through 2030.
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.
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.