Sonoma Valley


Winemaker’s Notes

This classically structured Merlot is crafted in the Bordeaux style that Walter Schug pioneered in California in the 1970s. The Merlot grapes were grown on the Sangiacomo vineyards in the Carneros district of southern Sonoma Valley. This cooler microclimate provides the longer growing season necessary for Merlot to ripen slowly and develop maximum flavor, while retaining good acid balance. This Merlot has a spicy bouquet, deep color and exhibits full-bodied flavors of cherry, blackberry and spice. Try it now with grilled fish, pasta, lamb and steaks, or cellar it for 5 to 7 years.

“Complex, gripping, fresh, and mouthwatering. An old-school Merlot for a rare lamb chop”

Wine & Spirits Magazine


Vineyards: 79% Sangiacomo (Carneros), 21% Rancho Salina (Moon Mountain)
Appellation: 100% Sonoma Valley
Harvest and Brix: September 7th – September 30th, 2016, 25.4 Brix Average
Aging: Aged 24 months in 20% new French and American oak barrels
Alcohol and Acidity: 14.0% ABV, TA=0.71 g/100mL, pH=3.29
Release Date: October 1st, 2020

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