Nose

Our 2015 R Collection Merlot opens with alluring aromas of plums, cherries and delicate floral notes of Violet.

Palate

In the glass, this plush Merlot offers flavors of wild strawberries and hints of earthiness with well-structured tannins and a long, satisfying finish.

Growing Conditions

The R Collection Merlot is sourced from the finest vineyards throughout California, with each area adding a unique layer into the overall taste profile. Minimally intrusive winemaking techniques allow the true California terroir to shine through in every glass poured and bottle enjoyed. The 2015 vintage across California was one of the earliest harvested vintages in history. Colder temperatures in May caused uneven fruit set which resulted in a lower than average yield. Winemakers worked together with vineyard crews to ensure only the highest quality grapes were picked and crushed. Harvest began at the end of July and most growers were finished by mid-October.

Winemaking

It was stainless steel fermented and underwent “early pressing” to capture greater fruit intensity.