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2009 Merlot (Sold Out)



2009 Merlot (Sold Out)

Price: $35.00

Vintage 2009 was one of those years that winemakers dream about but rarely experience: little or no frost, a nice spring rain to give the vines a jump on summer, few one-hundred-degree days, and mild, even weather during harvest.  The crop was light to normal, with smaller berries, and came in later than the two previous vintages by as much as two weeks.  The fruit developed maturity and varietal intensity at lower Brix levels, resulting in balanced, flavorful wines of great character.

Merlot, planted to complement Sangiovese in our Phenomenon blend, does so well in our alluvial St Helena soils that we cannot resist bottling some on its own. We handle it gently in the winery to maintain soft, fine-grained tannins. After a 14-20 day fermentation we mature the wine in French oak barrels, about 30% new.

The wine has a beautiful crimson hue and captivating aromas of black plum, blackberry and black cherry. These aromas carry through on the palate, supported by velvety tannins and complemented by notes of cocoa powder and dark chocolate. The barrels add just a hint of vanilla.

The 2009 Merlot pairs best with rich foods, such as smoked cheese, a t-bone steak topped with butter and garlic or a grilled Portobello mushroom.

- Matt Reid, Winemaker

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