A basket of summer ripe black currant and blackberry in nose and palate with nuances of chocolate, tobacco and vanilla rounding out the finish.
2017 Merlot – A well balanced beautiful Merlot.
Our 2017 Estate Merlot is supple and plush with bold aromas of black cherry, toasty mocha and olive. The mouth is well balanced and easygoing, enticing you back for another sip. Experience flavors of red currant, herb and brown baking spices. This 2017 Merlot boasts a soft and smooth finish, yet balanced with freshness and structure, allowing this beautiful wine to age for five or more years.
Watched closely for perfect ripeness, the Merlot grapes are harvested from block 5 of Del Rio Vineyards Estate. After a gentle de-stemming, the grapes are lightly crushed into stainless steel vats where fermentation takes place. Using traditional winemaking techniques, Winemaker Jean-Michel Jussiaume aged this Merlot in high-quality French (25% new) and American (5% new) oak barrels for 17 months. The balanced use of oak aging crafts structure and complexity to the finished wine.
South facing, our Southern Oregon vineyard estate is located at the northern end of the Rogue Valley. With elevations ranging from 700 to 1800 feet, the primarily ancient volcanic and alluvial fan soils provide well drained, nutrient rich soils which are ideal for growing premium wine grapes.
Merlot is a food lovers favorite. With medium body, balanced tannin and acidity, the 2017 Merlot will accompany all manner of foods. Ideally pair a glass with a herb chicken en papillote, a Mediterranean lamb burger or a hearty veggie lasagna. Touting its versatility, enjoy the partnership with a bite of a decadent chocolate soufflé.