Nose

Our 2017 California Merlot has aromas of cherries, raspberries and red plum with notes of maple and vanilla.

Palate

On the palate, red fruit flavors are complemented by balanced acidity, and juicy tannins with hints of spice on the long, textured finish.

Harvest

Across California in 2017, the growing season started with much needed winter rains, resulting in a later than usual bud break. Warm spring and summer temperatures, followed by a late summer heat wave, caused us to pick our fruit in the beginning of September.

Aging

After fermentation, the wine was aged in 25% new French oak and 75% 2-year-old American oak to help soften the tannins. Finally, the lots were blended together to balance the characteristics of each grape growing region.