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2019 Merlot

Sonoma Valley

As one of the few pioneer producers of Merlot in California, we cherish our Merlot vines and take care to deliver a wine that respects its heritage.

Retail $45.00 | 15-20% off for Bacchus Club Members


Tasting NOTES

Our Merlot blocks thrive on the cool climate Rhinefarm estate vineyards, and we hand-harvest in the early morning hours to preserve the concentrated, fresh fruit flavors. The wine opens in the glass with aromas of dried sage and oregano that are lifted by elegant notes of violet. Upon entry, flavors of rhubarb and red currant transition effortlessly to a robust mid-palate complete with silky tannins and a luxurious finish. This wine is delicious and inviting now, but promises to show beautifully and live up to its legacy for the next 8+ years.

Vineyard NOTES

Eight miles north of San Pablo Bay, the Bundschu familys 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. A portion is sourced from warmer vineyard sites in Sonoma Valley to add lushness to the mid-palate.

Production NOTES

3-5 day cold soak
Extraction through gentle pump-overs
Weekly battonage during the native malolactic fermentation

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Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal Composition:
  • 94% Merlot
  • 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley
TA 5.5g/100ml
Barrel Aging:
  • 18 months
    100% French oak, 45% New
Alcohol %:

Retail $45.00 | 15-20% off for Bacchus Club Members

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