Reserve Merlot, Sonoma Valley (2015)
Full-bodied, rich and velvety, the Reserve Merlot features toasty aromas of plum pudding, espresso and black licorice. Flavors to follow are full of depth with notes of mocha, blackberry and baking chocolate emerging before the lengthy finish.
After hand-sorting, the grapes underwent a two-day cold soak to extract optimal color and flavor. The wine was then aged in 100% French oak barrels, 65% new, where it underwent malolactic fermentation, followed by 20 months of aging.
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