2017 Merlot, Heritage Selection

Sonoma Valley

The specially selected block of Merlot that goes into our limited-production Heritage Selection Merlot is known for power and concentration. Medium bodied, incredibly well structured, this wine is balanced and supported by subtle, supple tannins.

Retail $65.00 | 15-20% off for Bacchus Club Members

$65.00
 
$780.00
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Tasting NOTES

The year was 2017 and the harvest season was nearly complete when a wildfire broke out in the valley. As it goes, older vines get picked earlier and in this case that means we were able to harvest our special heritage blocks before the fire would prevent us from picking the rest of Rhinefarm's famous Merlot. Since the first Merlot bottling in 1976, we have never skipped a vintage, not even when things went "sideways". 2017 will be the first year without an estate Merlot to release, but we always enjoy looking at the bright side. For this story, it includes both a winery that stood through these fires as well as an epic vintage of Heritage Merlot. Normally allocated and hard to get, we have decided to expand the availability of the 2017 Heritage Merlot to all customers, and are extending club members their discount. It's not just a great wine, it's also a piece of Bundschu history.

The specially selected block of Merlot that goes into our limited-production Heritage Selection Merlot is known for power and concentration. Medium bodied, incredibly well structured, this wine is balanced and supported by subtle, supple tannins. Incredible aromas of baking spices, slate, lavender lead to an equally lush palate of dark berries, plum, savory earth and chocolate.

Vineyard NOTES

Eight miles north of San Pablo Bay, the Bundschu family's 161 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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Vintage:
2017
Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal:
Merlot, Heritage Selection
Varietal Composition:
  • 95% Merlot
  • 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1% Cabernet Franc
Appellation:
Sonoma Valley
Acid:
TA: 5.9 g/100mL
PH:
3.68
Barrel Aging:
  • 17 months
    100% French oak, 60% new Nadalie
Alcohol %:
14.9%
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