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2015Merlot700

2015 Merlot, Alexander Valley, Sonoma

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Remember Sideways? Miles lied. This is Merlot at its best, offering rich berry fruit, round tannins, and lingering complexity. Pair with roasted meats: beef, veal, or lamb, particularly when cooked with thyme or rosemary.
Description

Remember Sideways and protagonist Miles' rants about not EVER drinking Merlot? Well, Miles lied: the special bottle in the last scene was highly regarded, Merlot-dominated Bordeaux blend. Nonetheless, with the influence of just one movie, Merlot became uncool. Which is unfortunate, because when Merlot is good, it's delightful: fruity, round, structured, and elegant.

Our '15 Merlot is just that: a classic with rich red raspberry jam and berry fruit, baking spice, and toast with a hint of tobacco on the finish. Tannins are soft, round, and elegant, complemented by just a tiny touch of oak.

VINTAGE NOTES

2015 was notable for its early spring, warm temperatures, and dry conditions. While Alexander Valley’s days are warm, it cools sharply at night—great for maintaining crisp acidity to complement lush fruit.

Appellation:

Sonoma, Alexander Valley

Blend:

100% Merlot

Alcohol:

14.3%

TA:

0.65g/100 mL

Residual Sugar:

<0.10%

pH:

3.4

Malolactic Fermentation:

Complete

Barrel Aging:

30 months in 1-2 year old French oak barrels

Harvest Date:

September 3, 2015

Brix at Harvest

23.5o

Bottling Date:

March 29, 2018

Release Date:

September 1, 2018

Cases Produced:

125

THE VINEYARD

Bordering Geyserville and near the Russian River, this Merlot grows in and benefits from gravelly river soil and a cool, riparian microclimate.

FOOD PAIRINGS

Merlot is perfection for roast meatsbeef, veal, or lamb, especially when cooked with thyme or rosemarybut can turn a juicy burger into a special event. Don’t forget the roast vegetables; Merlot’s bright fruit is a lovely complement to caramelized veggies of any sort.

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