Sourced once again from the beautifully-positioned, well-drained Mesa Verde Vineyard (situated on the banks of the Santa Ynez River, just four miles due south of Brander as the crow flies), our 2013 Merlot sets a benchmark for this classic- and very classy- grape. The color of ripe Catalina plums in the glass, this opens with aromas of sun-warmed wild blackberries, fresh-tanned leather, raw cacao beans, and violets. On the palate this wine exhibits black cherry, graphite, whole clove, carob, and Ceylon cinnamon.Pair this absorbing and rewarding wine with crispy shredded beef tacos with avocado and cilantro, a roasted vegetable napoleon with fresh burrata, or a homemade pizza topped with apple slices, gorgonzola, and rosemary.
Cases Produced: 166
Composition: 100% Merlot
Vineyard Sources: 100% Mesa Verde Vineyard
Harvest Dates: October 18th
Chemistry: Brix: 27.4; pH: 3.43
Winemaking: Hand harvested, then carefully destemmed before crushing, this wine was racked to a combination of French and American oak barrels for 15 months.
Bottling date: Feburary 20th, 2015
Optimal drinking window: 2015-2018