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2015 Merlot, Heritage Selection

Sonoma Valley

Continuing our new tradition of crafting powerhouse, limited-production Heritage Merlot from our historic vineyard, we proudly present the 2015 vintage.


Tasting NOTES

The 2015 vintage is known for power and concentration. The specially-selected block of Merlot that goes into our limited-production Heritage Selection Merlot is known for power and concentration. Yet, when combined with a talented winemaking team, the knockout 2015 Heritage Merlot is all elegance and balance. Invitingly rich aromas of purple flowers, mixed berry jam, and mulling spices lead to an equally lush palate of dark berries, plum, savory earth and chocolate. Richness in flavor is contrasted by a decidedly medium body, and balanced with palate cleansing acidity and subtle, supple tannins. An exceptionally long, lingering finish suggests a powerful future over the next 5-20 years.

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. Two distinct blocks of Merlot have consistently produced top lots with the greatest complexity, concentration and balance. Each vintage, the top five barrels from these lots are selected for this distinctive bottling.

Production NOTES

3-to-5-day cold soak
Extraction through gentle pump-overs
Lees stirring for 4 months during secondary fermentation

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Wine Type:
Merlot, Heritage Selection
Varietal Composition:
  • 95% Merlot
  • 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1% Petit Verdot
  • 1% Malbec
Sonoma Valley
TA: 0.52 g/100mL
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