Grand Reserve Sonoma County Merlot (3-Liter) 2014
This large format Grand Reserve Merlot features red currant and mixed cherry flavors with background notes of chocolate and cedar box.. The soft, delicate tannins of this Bordeaux varietal carry these aromas and flavors to a long lingering finish.
Pre-fermentation cold-soak adds layers of complexity by extracting a silkier tannin profile. Aged 8 months in 84% French oak (11% new) and 16% American oak.
Sonoma County mountain ridge and hillside estate fruit translates to high-toned red and black fruit, with distinct rich tannins and a soft lingering finish.
In 2014, we had a very pleasant growing season; it was long and certainly warm enough to ripen the fruit fully. The winemaking team loves vintages with rich fruit character and balanced acidity.