2014 Merlot

Sonoma Valley

Another stellar vintage usually means another stellar Merlot, but for a winery who’s championed this grape for 40 years, it means a wine that is simply “gorgeous.”

Retail $65.00

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Tasting NOTES

More approachable in its youth than its 2013 predecessor, this medium-bodied wine has some fine yet grippy tannins and an ageable future, but it’s tightly wound core is not shy. It offers seamless layers of violets, dark fruit, ripe black olive, earth and a hint of warm crème brûlée. Simply gorgeous.

Vineyard NOTES

Eight miles north of San Pablo Bay, the Bundschu family’s 158 year-old vineyard wraps around the southwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. The terrain features 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 is sourced from warmer vineyard sites in Sonoma Valley to add lushness to the mid-palate.

Production NOTES

Everything happened fast in 2014! A warm, dry winter brought the vines to life early and a very warm spring and summer meant perfect ripening conditions but an earlier harvest. A couple of heat spikes during the harvest promoted skin development, resulting in great color and tannins— a little more evolved than 2013, making for more immediately approachable reds. Great flavors and concentration overall.

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Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal Composition:
  • 89% Merlot
  • 5% Petit Verdot
  • 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1% Malbec
  • 1% Cabernet Franc
Sonoma Valley
TA 0.56
Barrel Aging:
  • 17 months in 100% French oak
    40% new
    Primary cooper Nadalie.
Alcohol %:
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