This Merlot is made from a blend of the finest blocks of our benchland vineyards. The variety of soils and clones (181, 347, 348) gives this wine depth and complexity. A small amount of our estate-grown Bordeaux varietals is blended in to highlight the structure and classic Merlot flavors of this wine.
Moderate temperatures with no appreciable rainfall throughout the ripening season allowed the grapes to fully develop exceptionally concentrated flavors.
Harvest: October 9th to 11th, 2017
Fermentation: The grapes were crushed into small fermenters. After cold-soaking for three days to extract rich color, the must fermented on the skins for three weeks to obtain a richly extracted wine.
Cooperage / Aging: The wine was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (33% new).
Production: 218 Cases
Color: Dark ruby
Aromas: Rich aromas of black cherry, plum and vanilla
Palate: Concentrated, layered dark cherry and plum flavors, long fruit finish
Wine Type: Estate Red
Varietal: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley Estate
Acid: 0.53 g/100ml
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