Our Merlot vines are rooted in the foothills of an ancient volcano, Mt. George. These rocky slopes are in a climate sweet spot: close enough to the cool San Pablo Bay to give the wine aromas of rosemary and mint, warm enough to bring out flavors of blackberry and spice. We finish the wine in oak to add a hint of cocoa and a velvety texture.
The wine was drained and pressed off the skins after 16 days. Completing malolactic fermentation in the barrel, the wine was then racked and placed back in the barrel to age for 17 months. Oak profile during aging, 100% French oak. 46% of the oak was new French.
- VARIETAL COMPOSITION:
- 95% Merlot
- 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Alcohol: 14.6%
- T.A.: 5.23 g/L
- PH: 3.58
A cool, currant-scented merlot, this lasts on smoky, tobacco-rich savor. It’s a dark wine with a velvet texture, plump enough for rare filet mignon. - Wine & Spirits Magazine 90 Points