TASTING NOTES
Dark ruby in color this Merlot showcases complex aromas of raspberry, dark cherry, dried thyme, and hints of cedar and spearmint. In the mouth, fruit flavors dominate with nuances of cherry preserves, blueberry pie, summer sweet plum, and cranberry sauce with delicate notes of cream soda, candied orange rind, coconut, and sweet basil.

WINEMAKER NOTES
An excellent vintage, 2014 saw even ripening in the late summer sun leading to a wonderful rich body texture. The color developed very well in our vineyards leading to dense ruby hues while the body of the wine is soft and inviting. Sourced from a number of vineyards in Lodi and a few in Paso Robles, the Lodi Merlot leg brings sweet cherry and blueberry fruit while the Paso Merlot brings depth and structure. This vintage also blended in a few percentages of Paso Zinfandel and Syrah, which tends to add a touch of delicate spice and raspberry notes to the blend. The Grenache, Barbera, and balance of the Syrah, all from Lodi, are added for delicate spice and plum notes to round out the edges.

FOOD PAIRINGS
This Merlot would pair exceptionally well with BBQ chicken topped with grilled plums alongside wild rice or Pad Thai noodles with shrimp. One more pairing that would fair well would be a simple dessert of a gourmet milk chocolate candy bar as the fruitiness of this wine will balance the cacao and creaminess of the chocolate bar.

BLEND
81% Merlot
9% Syrah
5% Grenache
3% Zinfandel
2% Barbera

APPELLATIONS
87% Lodi
13% Paso Robles

ANALYSIS
pH 3.62
TA 5.7 g/L
ALC 13.5%
RS 2.8 g/L

UPC
8 33302 00242 3

SRP
$12

89 Points, Tasting Magazine, March 2016

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