2010 Merlot

Sonoma Valley

Aromas of violets and blueberries are followed by a fleshy palate of blackberry and chocolate, woven with licorice and black tea.

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Tasting NOTES

Aromas of violets and blueberries are followed by a fleshy palate of blackberry and chocolate, woven with licorice and black tea. Elegant tannins add weight and a polished texture and lead to a bright, lush finish. Delicious upon release, this Merlot will benefit from five years of cellaring from vintage and continue to age gracefully for at least ten years.

Vineyard NOTES

Sourced primarily from the Bundschu family's 150+year-old Rhinefarm Estate Vineyard, located on the southwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, just eight miles north of San Pablo Bay. Steep southwest-facing hillsides of shallow, rocky soils of volcanic ash and alluvial wash. Pervasive maritime breezes and long daylight exposure allow fruit to develop intense concentration while retaining vibrant structure. A portion sourced from warmer vineyard sites adds lushness to the midpalate.

Production NOTES

- Three-to-five day cold soak before fermentations with D254 yeast strain
- Extraction through gentle pumpovers tailored by lot, using louvers and screens to eliminate pumping skins and seeds
- Pressed before dryness and racked to barrels to complete fermentation. Lees stirring for 3 months post-fermentation.

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Vintage:
2010
Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal:
Merlot
Varietal Composition:
  • 85% Merlot
  • 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 4% Petit Verdot
  • 3% Malbec
Appellation:
Sonoma Valley
Acid:
TA 0.58 g/100mL
PH:
3.76
Barrel Aging:
  • Seventeen months in 100% French oak, 40% new
    Primary cooper Nadalie
Alcohol %:
14.5%
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