Our 2018 Sonoma County Merlot is deep garnet in color with a ruby edge. The nose is a compelling mixture of juniper, dried herb, bright red cherry, black tea leaf, dried orange peel, exotic spices, and notes of vanilla and light toast. On the palate, plush dark bramble, dried blueberry, and dark chocolate are framed by notes of black pepper and cedar. This medium- to full-bodied wine leads to a silky finish.
We think you’d enjoy pairing our Merlot with garlic spot prawn and mushroom pizza, cedar-smoked squab with Merlot grape compote, or roasted salmon with wild risotto cake.
Greatness often shows itself from the very beginning, and that's true for the Alexander Valley, which first achieved fame for its red wines in the 1860s. Today the Alexander Valley remains focused on reds, in particular Bordeaux varieties such as Merlot. Most of the fruit for this wine, rich with blackberry and plum, comes from the Alexander Valley, including grapes from our Red Fan and Los Amigos estate vineyards. We harvested the remaining fruit from Goldfields, Robert Young, Cornerstone, and Bed Rock, each offering unique character— from red cherry and light spice to depth, richness, and light licorice spice— culminating in an incredibly balanced wine, layered with ripe fruit flavors.