Sonoma Mtn. Winery, Merlot Sonoma Valley (2017)
From a 5 hectare plot of Merlot that Nic has been tending since 2010 and handled by his uncle Phil since 1991. This plot used to be called the Maclise vineyard and is located on the edge of the Sonoma Mountain AVA. The average age of the vines is about 25 years and the soil is Goulding Clay Loam (gravelly clay)
The wine was fermented and macerated for 7 days followed by 18 months in neutral French oak. The 2012 vintage Merlot has tremendous structure that belies Merlot's soft reputation. This is taut and precise with great lift and medium fruit.