Medium bodied wine with aromas of plums, graphite, and allspice. On the palate this wine has flavors of raspberries and has chewy chalky tannins followed by very bright acidity.
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Merlot sourced from our estate vineyards in the Santa Clara AVA located in the Central Coast. Merlot Clones 181 and 314 on rootstocks 5c and 3309, planted in 1990.
The grapes were hand harvested and crushed on October 4th 2018. The grapes were given a three day cold soak before primary fermentation started. Fermentation on skins lasted 10 days. This wine was barrel aged for 2.8 years in 38% new french oak barrel and 62% neutral barrel.
Food Pairing Notes
Because of the acidity, this wine would pair well with dishes that include beef, lamb, pork. For example a hearty pasta bolognese or a slow cooked carnitas in salsa verde. It has vibrant refreshing acidity which would work well with richer dishes.