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The Merlot on our estate is distinctively dark and weighty, and especially so in the 2012 vintage. More info »
This wine has a sensuously rich palate, showcasing enchanting layers of dark fruits and spices intermingled with mocha and a sweet smokiness.
What do Château Pétrus in Bordeaux, Pickberry Vineyard, and Gundlach Bundschu Rhinefarm have in common? All three of these locations grow the esteemed Clone 181 of Merlot to make magnificent wines. Crafted specifically for our Bacchus Club members, this limited-production release of our 2012 Pickberry Vineyard Merlot is a complex beauty of a wine, seducing with lush aromas of dark plums and blackberries, fresh violets, black tea, and cacao nibs.
A sensuously rich palate follows, showcasing enchanting layers of dark fruits and spices intermingled with mocha and a sweet smokiness, bound together in perfect harmony by mouthwatering acidity and supple tannins, all leading into a satisfyingly long finish that lingers. . . like the debt incurred if you were to splurge on a Pétrus. Enjoy this classic Sonoma Merlot now or invoke your inner fine-wine collector and lay it down for a while as it ages gracefully over the next 8-10 years.
The Pickberry Vineyard sits high up on the steep, northern edge of Sonoma Mountain on well-drained, gravelly loam soils. Exposure on the northeast absorbs much of the morning and afternoon sun, and at an elevation at 700 feet, this vineyard enjoys cool breezes and morning fog.
The grapes were hand-harvested in the cool, morning hours, destemmed, then gravity fed directly into fermentation tanks, and innoculated with Rhone and D254 yeasts. We then use gentle pumpovers, twice daily, and employ louvers and screens to eliminate pumping skins and seeds. The wine also experiences indigenous, malolactic fermentation and battonage weekly.