36% Riverside Vineyard Merlot West Clone Unknown, planted 1991, harvested 9/7/17
33% Riverside Vineyard Merlot East Clone 3, planted 1998, harvested 9/6/17
23% Theresa’s Vineyard Merlot clone ENT 348, planted 2012, harvested 9/23/17
3% Cliffside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 337, planted 2001, harvested 10/10/17
3% Scott’s Vineyard Malbec Clone 4, planted 2012, harvested 9/12/17
1% Scott’s Vineyard Cabernet Franc clones 12, 4, ENT 623, planted 2014, harvested 9/13/17
1% Katie’s Vineyard Cabernet Franc clone UCD 1 planted 1987, harvested 9/25/17
In 2017, Riverside Vineyard Merlot was the first of the season to be harvested for full color red wine. Some of the bigger tannin in this wine can likely be attributed to slightly shorter hang time relative to some of the other reds. Similar to 2016, Theresa’s Vineyard Merlot was softer and very juicy and served as a perfect complement to the more assertive Riverside Merlot.
The 2017 Merlot displays aromas of fresh blueberries and sweet black plum with notes of mint leaf tea and cocoa in support. On the palate, the wine is fruit-forward and juicy followed by lovely richness and a touch of tannin in the finish. This wine begs you take another sip and savor!