99 Points, DOUBLE GOLD - San Franciscon Int'l Wine Competition
Merriam Vineyards is our estate vineyard less than one mile east of the Russian River Valley, located on Limerick Lane, Healdsburg, California. This area experiences cool morning fog giving way to warn days and dropping temperatures in the evening.
The color graduates from dark purple to magenta along the edge. This wine has an elegant fragrance of warm berry pie, cassis and baking spices. It’s like sucking on a black cherry lifesaver (do they still make those?) yum! Notes of vanilla, chocolate, medium tannins, youthful acidity and a long lingering finish.
Varietal Composition: 90% Cabernet Franc 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Brix at Harvest: 26.6
Barrel Program: 25% new French oak
Retail Price $85