Premium grapes were selected from the finest vineyards in the Sonoma Valley, Knights Valley, Alexander Valley, Carneros, Dry Creek and Russian River Valley to craft the best Sonoma County Merlot of the vintage. The Alexander Valley grapes highlight bright cherry flavors while the Knights Valley and Dry Creek Valleys give cassis flavors and elegant structure. The Sonoma Valley is home to the St. Jean Estate Vineyard and produces grapes with black fruit and supple tannins. The cooler Russian River Valley and Carneros regions contribute black, exotic aromas and firm structure.
Small amounts of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were blended into this wine. Each component was aged separately for 12 months in French oak (63%), American oak (34%) and Hungarian oak (3%) before blending. Overall, about half of the oak selection was from new oak. Once the barrel selection was made, the wine was assembled and bottled.
Aromas of sweet black cherry, cola and clove burst from the glass of this Merlot. These bright fruit characters carry over onto the palate and mingle with notes of blackberry and chocolate. The wine is round and dense with polished tannins.
Buffalo News | Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr | September 27, 2009
Forget the movie "Sideways," Merlot can make a great bottle of wine and this is one of them. Full bodied and expressive, this wine is a wonderful cherry and plum melange in a delightful oak frame that would accompany any red meat dishes. A real crowd pleaser!
The Food Magazine | Dick Rosano | August 2009
Highlights of black cherry and cola introduce this wine. Explosively fruity yet gentle on the palate. Blackberry and soft spice on finish.
September 13 to October 31, 2006 Harvest Sugar:
25.3° Brix Total Acidity:
0.55 g/100 ml pH:
14.2% by volume Bottled:
Spring 2008 Release:
February 2009 Case Production: