2012 Merlot

Sonoma Valley

The Merlot on our estate is distinctively dark and weighty, and especially so in the 2012 vintage.

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Tasting NOTES

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.

Vineyard NOTES

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.

Production NOTES

- 3-to-5-day cold soak
- Extraction through gentle pump-overs
- Lees stirring for 3 monthspost-fermentation

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Vintage:
2012
Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal:
Merlot
Varietal Composition:
  • 88% Merlot
  • 4% Malbec
  • 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 4% Petit Verdot
Appellation:
Sonoma Valley
Acid:
TA 0.54g/100mL
PH:
3.80
Barrel Aging:
  • 17 months
    100% French Oak
    40% New
    Primary cooper Nadalie
Alcohol %:
14.6%
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