Lot #1 ALEXANDER VALLEY VINEYARDS

MERLOT COMEBACK

Merlot
  • Alexander Valley

2020
5 CASES

ABOUT THE WINE:

Merlot got a bad rap when the movie “Sideways” was released. However one sip of this wine and you know that the movie was misleading. Unlike the wine portrayed in that film, this is a seriously big wine with rich, concentrated flavors. Quite simply, it is darn good Merlot!

In 1995 the Wetzel Family planted a small valley floor vineyard across from the Alexander Valley School to clone 181. Clone 181 tends to produce smaller berries and lower yields, while the vineyard’s warm days and cool nights allow the grapes to develop the perfect balance of acidity and concentration. They farmed the vineyard sustainably for two decades, then began farming the site organically in 2015. In 2018 the vineyard received official CCOF certification. This is AVV’s first 100% organically grown Merlot produced from the CCOF Certified Organic vineyard and celebrates the family’s commitment to sustainable agriculture and family farming.

Winemaker Kevin Hall fermented this wine at a slightly cooler temperature than other Bordeaux varietals in a smaller tank increasing extraction, color and rich flavors. The wine is aged in a new medium toast Zenith barrel enhancing elegance and structure of the wine while focusing on the big berry flavors. It is deeply colored with rich, ripe aromas and flavors of black cherry, chocolate and cassis. This is a full bodied wine with nice balance and a long structured finish. Some may call it a Cab lovers Merlot, everyone at AVV calls it serious Merlot. You will, too!

WINEMAKER(S): Kevin Hall

ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: July 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: February 2023

National Distribution: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, Washington, DC

International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.

A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.