2013 Merlot, Blakeman Vineyard

2013 Merlot, Blakeman Vineyard

Like many of our wines, our Merlot is not typical. It is not what many think when they hear California Merlot (big, soft, velvety). It is however delicious and food friendly!

Anderson Valley

The Anderson Valley vineyard home to our Untended Chardonnay includes a small block of Merlot and the challenge of making ultra cool climate Merlot was too tempting for Jared to resist back in 2010. While this wine may confound fans of “typical” California Merlot, those who appreciate the ending to “Sideways” and white horses will understand our goal. Aromas of sweet, damp pine forest floor combines with mushrooms and textbook Anderson Valley cherry on the nose, reminiscent of a classic pinot noir. These pergola-trained vines yield lush merlot components of black cherries, currants and raspberry with hints of prosciutto. The acid and tannin structure of this wine will provide the backbone for 20 plus years of aging.

Vinous Review, October 2016

Brilliant ruby-red. Smoke-accented cherry and blackberry on the nose, along with suggestions of licorice, cracked pepper and spicecake. Silky and focused on entry and then deeper in the midpalate, offering juicy red fruit and rose pastille flavors and an exotic touch of cinnamon. Shows impressive depth of flavor while conveying an impression of litheness. Finishes juicy and very long, displaying repeating spiciness, a hint of bitter cherry pit and sneaky, fine-grained tannins. There's only 12.7 percent alcohol here, by the way,92 points. Josh Raynolds

  • Appellation: Anderson Valley
  • Vineyard: Blakeman
  • Varietal: Merlot
  • Clone: Unknown
  • Age: 37 years
  • Elevation: 950 feet
  • Soil: Colluvium loam - decomposed sandstone
  • Yield: 2 tons/acre
  • Harvested: October 8, 2013
  • Pressed: October 22, 2013
  • Blend: 95% Merlot / other
  • Fermentation: Wild yeast, neutral oak
  • Barrel aging: 15 months in neutral FO barrels
  • Bottled: Unfiltered on Feb 24, 2015
  • Production: 105 cases
  • Release date: February 2016

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