This wine was crafted from grapes grown on The Cline Cellars Estate Ranch and Lazy C Vineyard located in the fog and wind-cooled southern Sonoma Carneros growing region. These vineyard blocks range from gentle slopes to flat land – with soils varying from deep, gravelly loam to shallow (less than 18 inches) clay and loam.
Grapes are handpicked and de-stemmed without crushing. This gentle handling minimizes extraction of the bitter elements in the seeds and stems. Grapes are pumped to a stainless tank and inoculated with a pure strain of wine yeast. Fermentation temperature is controlled at a maximum of 85 degrees and the wine is pressed at dryness. Malolactic fermentation is completed in the primary fermenting tank. The wine is then racked and moved tobarrels (approximately 35% new French oak) and aged for 14 months.
This is the first release of Cline Cellars Merlot. It is complex and true to taste for a cool grown Merlot.
This Merlot has many complex and flavorful layers, including chocolate, cherry and green olive elements, finishing with silky tannins. Enjoy by itself or to complement a range of dishes from pork ravioli to ratatouille.