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The Merlot on our estate is distinctively dark and weighty, and especially so in the 2012 vintage. More info »
As one of a handful of pioneer producers of Merlot, dating back to 1976, our Merlot remains as consistent and memorable as it was back then.
As one of a handful of pioneer producers of Merlot, dating back to 1976, our Merlot remains as consistent and memorable as it was back then. Even 40 years after our first vintage, the 2016 vintage is a classic representation of Rhinefarm Merlot. Stunning aromas of black cherries, cedar and fresh tobacco come to life on the palate, alongside flavors of cocoa, brown spices and boysenberry. Graceful yet complex, this is a Merlot even Paul Giamatti would enjoy.
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.
3-5 day cold soak
Extraction through gentle pump-overs
Weekly battonage during the native malolactic fermentation