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Merlot 2019, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard

Estate Grown

Merlot 2019, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
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From very specific sites, Merlot can stand on it's own with the most noble and age worthy of the varietals. We have chosen to bottle a small amount of the Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard Merlot as a stand alone. 75% Merlot blended with 13% Malbec and 12% Petit Verdot makes for a rich and full wine, with classic ripe fruit and balanced structure, this wine showcases the best side of Merlot. Enjoy now or cellar for 6-8 years.

Wine Specs
Dry Creek Valley
Vineyard Designation
Bradford Mountain Estate VIneyard
6.6 g/L
25 months in 25% new French oak barrels, 75% 3-year-old French oak barrels
Bottling Date
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The nose reveals ripe dark fruit layered with aromatic cedar spice notes, creating a tempting introduction into this complex and full-bodied Merlot. A soft entry gently exposes the firm structure as the wine crosses the palate. Savor flavors of ripe boysenberry, black currant and lingering luscious dark cherry that expand into the long finish. Traces of forest floor weave through the rich, dark fruit essence. As the wine opens, a hint of creamy mocha oak appears, adding depth. A lovely balance between the tannin, oak and delicious fruit enhances the wine’s appeal and ageability.
Vineyard Notes
When we first planted Merlot in our Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard in the 1980s, it was mostly used as a blending component for our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Estate Cabernet Franc. In the mid and late 90s, my father bottled small amounts of Merlot to showcase the delicious depth of flavors capable from this varietal. These wines have held up well for over 20 years.
Production Notes
After a 10-year hiatus of not bottling a varietal Merlot, the quality of the grapes in 2012 convinced us to give this noble variety another round in the spotlight. In years when the grapes from our mountain vineyard are of exceptional depth, we will continue to produce a Merlot to satisfy its fervent fans.
Winemaker Notes
Combining all the soft, plush quality that Merlot is known for with the structure from grapes grown at our mountain vineyard site makes for a wine I am truly proud of and never shy to share at any gathering.
Food Pairing Notes
This hearty Merlot would be a great companion for a meal of grilled wild game. It will also enrich a ribeye steak dinner served with sautéed mushrooms and twice baked potatoes.