2014 Merlot, Pickberry Vineyard

Sonoma Valley

Sitting high up on the northern edge of Sonoma Mountain, Pickberry Vineyard gained fame in the 80s and 90s as a premier Bordeaux-varietal site in Sonoma Valley. Members please login to purchase.

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Tasting NOTES

Merlot from the Pickberry Vineyard helped put our neighbor Ravenswood Winery on the map, and since we've been around a while, we know the best fruit in the neighborhood. Marking our third vintage of this club exclusive, the 2014 trades the intensity of 2013 for a gorgeous nose of dark fruits with fresh violets, rosemary, mint, and graphite. Savory cacao and earth are carried smoothly across the palate by soft tannins and mouthwatering acidity to complete this stunning wine.

Vineyard NOTES

Sitting high up on the northern edge of Sonoma Mountain, the Pickberry Vineyard gained fame in the 80s and 90s as a premier Bordeaux-varietal site in Sonoma Valley. It still grows award-winning fruit. At an elevation of 700 feet, days can be warm, but cool afternoon winds from the coast as well as nippy nights and mornings result in late ripening fruit that develop intense flavors, and rich, deep colors. The Merlot that goes into this special wine club exclusive comes from clone 181 vines, a powerful and darkly flavored clone, growing in well-drained, gravelly loam volcanic soils, promoting powerful concentration and superb structure for this classy, small-production wine.

Production NOTES

Hand-harvested and gravity fed
Twice-daily gentle pump-overs
Indigenous malolactic fermentation and weekly battonage

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Vintage:
2014
Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal:
Merlot, Pickberry Vineyard
Varietal Composition:
  • 100% Merlot
Appellation:
Sonoma Valley
Acid:
TA: 0.56 g/mL
PH:
3.75
Barrel Aging:
  • 16 months
    100% French oak, 35% new
Alcohol %:
14.7%
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