2016 Alexander Valley Merlot
A Merlot of deep ruby and garnet color with aromas of blackberry, currant, and pepper. On the palate one finds a full bodied wine expressing flavors of black cherry with hints of cocoa and cola. These flavors culminating in a clean finish with firm tannins. Perfect for pairing with hearty dish.
Manually harvested and picked at optimum ripeness. Hand sorted in the vineyard. De-stemmed and crushed into stainless steel fermentation tanks. Inoculated with Bordeaux Red yeast, the wine was pumped over twice daily. Near the end of fermentation, the wine was inoculated with malo-lactic bacteria. The wine was pressed when dry in the fermenter, after which it was racked off the gross lees and moved to barrels. Aged 18 months in Bordeaux style French and Hungarian oak barrels. Racked quarterly to aid the natural clarification. Bottled May 23, 2018