Description and Flavor Profile: This Merlot has pleasant violet and dark fruit aromas that lead to lush, abundant dark plum and black cherry flavors with just a hint of green olive character. Mouth filling yet smooth, the balance in this wine is apparent. Stone Valley Merlot is an unpretentious wine that can pair with many styles of cuisine.
The Process: The 2016 Stone Valley Merlot was produced from a blend of grape lots sourced from select Northern California vineyards. Fully mature grapes were gently crushed and fermented in our rotary fermenters. This process moderates fermentation temperatures and allows for full color extraction and maximum flavor development without using excessive heat or giving harsh tannin qualities. The final blend included Malbec, which further leans to bright fruit character in this wine. After fermentation the wine spent two months in French Oak.
Pairing: Excellent with many cuisines, but in particular pasta in tomato sauces, barbecued pork, chicken scaloppini, veal parmesan and an assortment of artisan cheeses.
Varietal: 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Ruby Cab
Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2020
Serving Temperature: 1ºC / 65ºF
Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)