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.
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.
Sonoma, Alexander Valley
30 months in 1-2 year old French oak barrels
September 3, 2015
Brix at Harvest
March 29, 2018
September 1, 2018
Bordering Geyserville and near the Russian River, this Merlot grows in and benefits from gravelly river soil and a cool, riparian microclimate.
Merlot is perfection for roast meats—beef, veal, or lamb, especially when cooked with thyme or rosemary—but 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.