2020 Seven Ranchlands Merlot

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Growing conditions, especially temperatures, have a huge effect on Merlot's flavor. Cline’s is similar to its Bordeaux counterparts and imparts blackberry, plum, and cocoa flavors laced with herbal accents and green olive finishing with silky tannins and finesse.

The grapes for this wine came from our Five Sisters Home Ranch located on the Cline winery property in Sonoma Carneros and from our Catapult Ranch located East of Petaluma in the Petaluma Gap AVA. Both Carneros and the Petaluma Gap fall within the "Sonoma Coast" AVA. The vineyards see cooling fog in the morning and sunny, breezy afternoons. Soils range from clay loam to well drained volcanic soils.

Grapes are handpicked, then destemmed, and pumped to a fermentor. Indigenous yeast coaxes fermentation. Temperature is capped at 85ºF to
balance fruit extraction and retention. Wine is pressed and completes malolactic fermentation before laying down to neutral and new oak to complete aging before bottling.

Vintage
2020
Wine Type
Red Wine
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Harvest Date
September 29th - October 16th
Acid
.65g/100ml
pH
3.65
Aging
12 months
Alcohol %
15

Tasting Notes & Pairings

Our Merlot opens with aromas boysenberry, mulberry, and plum. Flavors include fresh plums, raspberries, cassis, cedar, and coconut, with notes of vanilla bean. Silky tannins help frame the wine through a lengthy and complex finish.