Our 2017 California Merlot has aromas of
cherries, raspberries and red plum with notes of maple and vanilla.
On the palate, red fruit flavors
are complemented by balanced acidity, and juicy tannins with hints of spice on the long, textured finish.
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.
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.