2017
Dry Creek

Merlot
Description

Located in north-central Sonoma County, just northwest of Healdsburg, this rustic wine region is the most compressed, yet easiest to navigate. Its warm climate offers full-bodied Zinfandel wines, but also produces some of the best Merlot grapes. Dry Creek Valley’s winegrowing history is one of California’s longest, reaching back 140 years. Dry Creek Valley’s microclimate is similar to the Bordeaux region of France. With both coastal and inland influences, long, warm days and cooler nights allow the merlot grape to fully ripen and slowly develop and retain their structure and acidity.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

Red fruit aromas of cherry and raspberry mingle with notes of brown spice and a touch of clove.

Palate: 

Dark chocolate and cherry liquor grace the palate with a hint of bramble berry and baking spice. Layers of dark plum, mint and cinnamon lead to a long, savory finish. Well-balanced with finely-integrated tannins, this wine is approachable and very enjoyable now but, will soften with age.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

The 2017 vintage was marked by extreme conditions that reduced crop size, starting with abundant winter rainfall and mild spring weather, which led to vigorous vines. The growing season saw three heat spikes, including one over Labor Day weekend that kicked harvest into high gear with the grapes being harvested September 26 and September 28.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
  • Varietal: Merlot
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • PH: 3.67
  • T/A: 5.8 G/L
  • Production: 45 Cases
  • Aging:
    • 19 months in French oak 
    • 15% New
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Homemade Hamburgers, BBQ Tri-Tip
Fruits & Vegetables:
Grilled Portabello Mushrooms
SKU:
WMEDC173
$38