This powerful yet elegant Merlot is blended in the Bordeaux style, adding Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc for depth and complexity. The Merlot grapes were sourced from the Ricci Vineyard and Sangiacomo "Donnell Ranch" in the Carneros district of southern Sonoma Valley, as well as the Rigeway Vineyard on Sonoma Mountain. These cooler microclimates provide the longer growing season necessary for Merlot to ripen slowly and develop maximum flavor. It has a spicy bouquet, deep color and exhibits full-bodied flavors of cherry, blackberry and spice. Try it now with grilled fish, pasta, lamb and steaks, or cellar it for 5 to 7 years.
Blend: 83% Merlot 12% Cabernet Franc 5% Cabernet Sauvignon Appellation: Sonoma Valley Harvest Dates: August 30th through October 18th, 2001 Sugar at Harvest: 24.4 degrees Brix average Fermentation: 7 days in stainless steel tanks, pumped over three times daily Aging / Cooperage: 100% aged 18 months in American oak barrels Alcohol: 13.5% by volume Acidity: TA = 0.59 g/100ml; pH = 3.66 Production: 2763cases (12 x 750ml); 509 cases (12 x 375ml) Release Date: January 1st, 2004