2017 Mossback Chalk Hill Merlot
A Tasting Room exclusive! Our 2017 Mossback is an elegant, stylish Merlot packed with all the beautiful flavors that make this grape so popular.
The inaugural vintage of our Mossback Chalk Hill Merlot shows an intriguing combination of Old-World earthiness and fresh California fruit.
Classic aromas and flavors of cigar box, cedar and oak mingle seamlessly with cherry, cranberry and touch of olive tapenade. This 2017 Merlot has a refined lightness with a stylish finish of toasty red berries.
Our Mossback merlot grapes were hand harvested at night, and quickly delivered to our winery. These cold grapes were destemmed and crushed into small stainless-steel fermenters. The must was chilled to 55 degrees for 24 hours for its “cold soak” to enhance the varietal fruit aromas, and the juice was bled from the tank to concentrate flavors. During fermentation, we pumped over the wine twice a day to enhance color stability and aromas. The fermented wine was pressed off at dryness then aged 22 months in American oak. The final blend contains 15% Dunnigan Hills Petit Verdot for added structure.
Pair this elegant wine with pâté, duck or slow roasted pork.