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For the first time ever, this 3-vintage, exclusively allocated vertical is making an appearance. And it won't be around for long. More info »
Continuing our new tradition of crafting powerhouse, limited-production Heritage Merlot from our historic vineyard, we proudly present the 2014 vintage.
Due to the limited availability of this item, the maximum order quantity is 12.
Continuing our new tradition of crafting powerhouse, limited-production Heritage Merlot from our historic vineyard, we proudly present the 2014 vintage. Yet, like all traditional things, this one requires time to fully appreciate its magnificence. Heady aromas of brambly dark fruits, purple flowers, mocha, graphite, and oak-driven sandalwood and spices emit from the full-bodied, muscular wine. Great acidity balances the weight and fine tannins to produce an elegant, although tightly-woven, elixir with exceptional length. Best with at least 5-20+ years aging.
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.
3-to-5-day cold soak
Extraction through gentle pump-overs
Lees stirring for 4 months during secondary fermentation