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Aromas of violets and blueberries are followed by a fleshy palate of blackberry and chocolate, woven with licorice and black tea. More info »
The Merlot on our estate is distinctively dark and weighty, and especially so in the 2012 vintage.
The Merlot on our estate is distinctively dark and weighty, and especially so in the 2012 vintage. Aromas of blueberries laced with black tea and cocoa are followed by beautifully integrated flavors of blue and purple fruits, semi-sweet chocolate, fresh tobacco leaf and spice box. Supple tannins add weight and a polished texture and lead to a lush finish of ripe berries laced with pekoe tea. Delicious upon release, this Merlot will benefit from five years of cellaring from vintage and continue to age gracefully for at least ten years.
Our Merlot vineyards are located in three different areas on Rhinefarm. The 36-acre La Paz section of the estate includes plantings from 1976 and has a soil profile of shallow Rhyolitic volcanic ash, typical of the alluvial fans that comprise the lower Mayacamas Range. With its southwest facing slopes, the site receives optimum sunlight and temperatures. Merlot planted on the lowland portions of Rhinefarm enjoys the cooling fog benefits from the San Pablo Bay to the south and the Petaluma Gap to the west. These blocks contribute structure and mineral notes along with forward red fruit and cherry flavors, while mid-level blocks provide spice and classic plum, complementing the warmer bench sites’ darker fruit character, breadth and lushness on the palate.
- 3-to-5-day cold soak
- Extraction through gentle pump-overs
- Lees stirring for 3 monthspost-fermentation