Jackson Estate Taylor Peak Merlot

88-90
points

Jackson Estate

Taylor Peak

Merlot

2013

Our Taylor Peak Merlot is rich and round, with ripe plum, cooked cherries and chocolate flavors. Medium-bodied with a lingering finish. Taylor Peak resides in the Bennett Valley AVA, one of the smallest Sonoma County appellations. This Merlot is on the edge, literally. The Taylor Peak vineyard runs right up to the edge of a southwest facing hillside which serves as a dramatic backdrop and offers growing conditions that are on the fringe. This fringe vineyard site, along with the coastal fog influence courtesy of the Petaluma gap, gives the Merlot an abundance of character.

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Wine Facts

APPELLATION

Bennett Valley, Sonoma County

COMPOSITION

100% Merlot

T.A.

0.57g/100ml

pH

3.61

ALC. BY VOL.

15.0%

Acclaim

88-90 points, Robert M. Parker Jr., Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Oct 15 
"The 2013 Merlot Taylor Peak Estate comes from Jackson Park Vineyard in Bennett Valley and is 100% Merlot. This is a soft, heady wine with notes of damp earth, mulberry and black cherries. It is lush, fruity and ideal for drinking over the next 7-10 years."

Winemaking

This wine was aged 19 months in 96% French oak barrels, 32% new.

Vineyards

Elevation: 700 - 900 feet

Soil: Mix of rocky volcanic, metamorphic and sedimentary rock with dark brown to brown clay loams.

Climate: Exceptionally cool for Merlot. Long hangtime due to fog from the Petaluma gap results in increased avor, color and rounder tannins.

Primary Aromas & Flavors Primary Aromas & Flavors
ripe plum, cooked cherries and chocolate flavors
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Food & Wine Pairing Food & Wine Pairing
roasted tomato bruschetta
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Food & Wine Pairing

Ideal Serving Temperature Ideal Serving Temperature
55° F
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Ideal Glass Shape Ideal Glass Shape
bordeaux
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