The Oak Knoll District is famed for growing grapes with deep dark fruit flavors and silky complex tannin structures. This vineyard is nestled at the cooler base of the Mount Veeder foothills thus sustaining ample black cherry fruit and vanilla oak characteristics.
Stone hearth rotisserie Cornish game hen accompanied by tomato basil risotto with roasted red bell peppers and a dessert of Tiramisu.
Merlo Family Estate Vineyards is located along the banks of the wild and scenic South Fork of the Trinity River and at the base of South Fork Mountain, the longest contiguous ridge in the continental United States. This wholly unique setting helps create wines that speak to the power and beauty that is Hyampom Valley. Influenced by the idyllic growing season and climate of this small pocket valley, the fruit produced in the Merlo Family Estate Vineyards expresses a strong sense of place. Based on the concept that quality wine is grown in the vineyard, a minimalist approach is taken in the cellar, allowing the wines to clearly reflect the varietal character and distinct terroir of Hyampom Valley. Merlo Family Estate Vineyards produces a rare collection of richly flavored and expressive wines.
At Merlo Family Estate Vineyards, the particular characteristics of our Hyampom Valley vineyards are carried through to the bottle. Our vineyards have allowed us to make an array of richly flavored and expressive wines, all true to varietal character and true to the land from which they come. Unlike most California wines, these deep, complex wines are not high in alcohol, nor overripe in flavors. Rather, the red wines reveal rich flavor themes with very large, bold, yet smooth tannin structure. The phenomenal skin structure of the fruit results in opulent, dark colors, practically impenetrable by light. The white wines display bright vibrant flavors with crisp natural acidity. Merlo Family Estate Vineyards produces unique varietal wines, all showing the extraordinary terroir of Hyampom Valley.
Alcohol By Volume
French Oak for 14 months (40% new French Oak)
0.60 g / 100 ml TA