Merlo, 2018, Sonoma Valley

Merlo, 2018, Sonoma Valley

Dan Marioni

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Grapes: Merlot
Average Age of Vines: 28 years
Region, Country: Sonoma Valley AVA, California, USA
Soil: Gravely loam, clay
Harvest: By Hand
Winemaking: Destremmed into open-top tanks, punched down 2-3 times per day
Elevage: 6 months in neutral oak
Winemaker: Dan Marioni

100% estate-grown Merlot from Sonoma Valley AVA. The vineyard is Olson Ranch, planted in 1994 by Phil Coturri. 3.5 acres of cane pruned Merlot on gravely loam clay soil at 500 ft elevation. In 2018 the fruit came in in three batches, separated by a couple of days with moderate ripening between each lot. The grapes were then destemmed into open-top fermenters, punched down 2-3 times daily until dry and gently pressed into neutral barrels for 6 months. A “legacy wine” as Dan calls it, this wine shows lush blackberry and plum fruit with some fresh herbs and a light cacao note. Probably the only wine where we feel the alcohol slightly, but again it is neutralized greatly by the freshness and structure on the palate. Highly drinkable right now but with great aging potential as well.