2015 Merlot

Sonoma Valley

When you combine a vintage of low yields and great concentration with a grape that loves to express itself on Rhinefarm, the result is a youthfully coy wine that is patiently waiting to give a full reveal.

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Tasting NOTES

When you combine a vintage of low yields and great concentration with a grape that loves to express itself on Rhinefarm, the result is a youthfully coy wine that is patiently waiting to give a full reveal. Tightly coiled aromas of darky berries, violets, cocoa, and anise yearn to greet the senses while the palate divulges a lusher, richer character than its medium body belies. Hinting at savory flavors of layered kirsch, berries, chocolate, and dried herbs, the 2015 Merlot will dazzle when it hits the spotlight, but appreciates a little more time or few hours decanting to get there.

Vineyard NOTES

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

Production NOTES

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Vintage:
2015
Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal:
Merlot
Varietal Composition:
  • 80% Merlot
  • 7% Petit Verdot
  • 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 6% Malbec
Appellation:
Sonoma Valley
Acid:
TA 0.54
PH:
3.7
Barrel Aging:
Alcohol %:
14.6%

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