St. Francis - St Francis Merlot Reserve 2019

Price: $49.99

Sale Price: $41.87

Producer St. Francis
Country United States
Region California
Varietal Merlot
Vintage 2019
Sku 35726
Size 750ml

St. Francis Description

Tasting Notes

Full-bodied, rich, and velvety, the Reserve Merlot features toasty aromas of plum pudding, espresso, and black licorice. Flavors to follow are full of depth with notes of mocha, blackberry and baking chocolate emerging before the lengthy finish.

Vineyard Notes

The Reserve Merlot shows off the rich and flavorful fruit grown in the Wild Oak Estate Vineyard and Behler Estate Vineyard, both in Sonoma Valley. This picturesque valley is surrounded by the Sonoma Mountains to the west and the Mayacamas Mountains to the east, providing perfect conditions for Merlot grapes. For additional richness and length, Merlot from high atop Sonoma Mountain was blended in to complement our valley floor fruit. This area’s warm summer days are cooled by evening breezes and fog from the Pacific Ocean, resulting in fruit with deep, complex flavors and aromas.

Winemaker Notes

After hand-sorting, the grapes underwent a two-day cold soak to extract optimal color and flavor. The wine was then aged in 100% French oak barrels, 65% new, where it underwent malolactic fermentation, followed by 20 months of aging.

Wine Spectator: 94 Points

This appealing red merges structure and polish, with expressive cherry and red currant flavors laced with toasty mocha, savory dill and spice notes. Finishes with medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2030. 

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