The Merlo Family Vineyards are located on the riverbanks of the wild and scenic South Fork of the Trinity River. Surrounded by 8000 ft. mountains on all sides, the vineyards are higher than most California vineyards, at an elevation of 1,250 feet. The valley ﬂoor has alluvial soils, allowing for excellent drainage and producing elegant yet complex ﬂavors. The surrounding hillsides are composed of shallow native clay, which helps to create bold, well-structured wines. The growing season, a full three to four weeks later than that of Napa or Sonoma, allows for a much slower ripening, increasing hang time and creating full concentrated ﬂavors without over – ripening. or depleting natural acids.
Blackbird is the name for our Mediterranean style red wine blend. The base of this blend is Syrah from our estate vineyard in Hyampom Valley , blended with the high-toned fruit notes of our estate Zinfandel. The result is a very rich and full-bodied wine with notes of cedar and spice, and a very complex ﬁnish.
The Blackbird is the perfect accompaniment to richly-ﬂavored foods like stews and cassoulet, or at casual gatherings with, BBQ ribs, pizza , and burgers on the grill with family and friends.
50% Zinfandel, 50% Syrah
Alcohol By Volume
0.59g / 100 ml TA
French and American Oak for 48 months