2018
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: 

Aromas of brown spice, cherry liquor and dark chocolate spring from the glass.

Palate: 

Bramble berry, raspberry and Bing cherry flavors mingle with clove and espresso notes on the textured palate mixed with layers of dark plum, cinnamon and vanilla. Well-balanced with finely-integrated tannins, the finish is long and savory.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

2018 was a near picture-perfect growing season that began in late February followed by a mild Spring yielding uniform grape clusters. Temperatures remained moderate to cool throughout the season with 2018 being considered one of the coolest vintages of the past decade. The cooler temperatures allowed for a longer hangtime resulting in an even and temperate harvest maintaining ideal acid levels and balanced concentrated fruit flavors.

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
Sauces:
Blackcurrant Glaze
SKU:
WMEDC183
Price: $38
Your Price: $30.40
You Save: $7.60 (20%)