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2018 Merlot

Sonoma Valley

After skipping a vintage for the first time in 40 years due to the 2017 fires, we are beyond thrilled to release the 2018 Rhinefarm Estate Merlot.

Retail $35.00 | 15-20% off for Bacchus Club Members

Tasting NOTES

After skipping a vintage for the first time in 40 years due to the 2017 fires, we are beyond thrilled to release the 2018 Rhinefarm Estate Merlot. Thanks to its natural tendency to thrive in our climate and soil, and the stellar growing conditions of this year, Team Merlot is back with a vengeance. French Thyme, Himalayan Blackberry, and Filé Powder swirl into a perfect blend of fruit and savory aromas. On the palate, flavors of dried red currant, nutmeg, and Morello cherries are balanced perfectly with fine, smooth tannins. This wine is singing its comeback song beautifully now, but the show will go on 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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Vintage:
2018
Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal:
Merlot
Varietal Composition:
  • 92% Merlot
  • 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2% Cabernet Franc
  • 2% Malbec
Appellation:
Sonoma Valley
Acid:
TA 5.8g/100ml
PH:
3.66
Barrel Aging:
  • 17 months
    100% French oak, 40% New
    Nadalie
Alcohol %:
14.5%

Retail $35.00 | 15-20% off for Bacchus Club Members

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