2016 Merlot, Pauline's Vineyard

Pauline's Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

Sold Out

Overview

This vineyard is located on Dry Creek Road, directly across the street from the winery.  It is farmed by Randy Peters, who was born on the property, and named after his late mother, Pauline.  The soil is made up of Yolo Sandy Loam.  This Merlot is from the small producing and elegant clone 181, which is cane pruned.  With the vineyard's natural acidity and limited production per acre, this fruit is incredibly structured and balanced.

 

Tasting Notes

This wine greets you with layers of complex aromas; dried lavender, cardamom, and floral notes beautifully radiate from the glass.  Well-structured flavors of plum and currant are balanced by boysenberry, juicy acidity and firm tannins.  This Merlot has wonderful age ability and is best enjoyed after decanting and left to breathe.

 

Technical Data

  • Varietal: Merlot
  • Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
  • Alcohol: 15.1%
  • Fermentation: Tank fermented
  • Harvest date: September 2016
  • Aging: 16 months in 100% French, 50% new
  • Case production: 400
2016 Merlot, Pauline's Vineyard