2017 Alexander Valley Merlot
October 4 & 13, 2017
New French Oak & neutral French & American Oak for 15 months.
March 22, 2019
When Mark first tasted the 2017 Merlot on its own he knew it was a super star in the making. This wine has very dark purple hue that borders on opaque with an effusively fragrant nose of dark red fruits, cassis and ripe black cherry. Velvety, full-bodied and satisfying this wine offers mouth-filling flavors of ripe dark fruits, black currant and baking spices that linger in a long soft finish.
Record-breaking winter rainfall kicked off the season, replenishing soils and ponds. A pleasant spring brought bud break at the normal time, and we welcomed small berries with excellent color. A hot summer came to a peak on Labor Day weekend but our grapes fared well and once cooler weather arrived, our red varietals were able to mature at a gradual pace which allowed full varietal characteristics to develop until the grapes were harvested in mid-October.
79% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, & 10% Petit Verdot
James Suckling score: 92 points