Alexander Valley in northern Sonoma County has a reputation for its velvety and voluptuous red wines with abundant dark fruit flavors often accompanied by a kiss of toasty oak. Merlot expresses these qualities quite nicely. The valley's warm, sunny and dry growing season enables Merlot's blend of red and black fruit to mature in a way that creates textured wines with rich, and an almost chocolate-like mouthfeel. A year in barrel rounds out the texture and integrates the wood and the wine.
Deep ruby in color with aromas of red plum, dried red raspberries and strawberries and a slight rose petal quality that hovers over milder notes of cedar, toast and smoke. The wine is full bodied and dry with a mix of fresh and dried fruit flavors framed by ripe tannins that melt away into a toasty, savory finish. Serve with a fancy candlelit dinner or enjoy casually by the glass.
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Bottle Size: 750mL
- Varietal: Merlot