Matanzas Creek Winery Merlot 2018, Alexander Valley
Picked at the peak of ripeness, the Alexander Valley Merlot is an example of a well-structured wine with complex flavors and aromas. e clusters of grapes grown around the Mayacamas Mountains have a more powerful and phenolic driven structure due to the water availability and location of vines. After fermentation, the wines were moved into oak barrels for 20 months of aging. The resulting wine is a blend of the selected barrels highlighting the terroir of Merlot from Alexander Valley. Look for aromas of black plum, crushed blackberries, slate, and, black licorice. The palate layers in delicate smooth tannin, bright but not cloying acidity.