With Merlot the objective is to create a wine that has structure and complexity, but
soft, smooth tannins. We find that sourcing fruit from several different appellations
works best to give us a Merlot which exudes multiple layers of flavors and a nice
seductive texture. Grapes that come from Napa provide weight, sweet fruit flavors
and the intense aromatics of fresh berries in our wine. Sonoma fruit contributes
natural acidity to create more balance and finesse. Monterey County grapes
provide concentration, which is the result of the well-drained sandy loam soils that
characterize the region.
The 2006 growing season was long and cool, allowing the grapes to hang on the vine
and mature longer. As a result, this Merlot delivers exceptional concentration and
impressive length. To enrich the color, we blend in small amounts of Syrah and Petite
Sirah. Then, the wine is aged in small French oak barrels, which lend lovely notes of
sweet vanilla to this elegant, full-bodied Merlot.
California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.