Our Estate Selection Merlot is produced 100% from Riverside Vineyard at Colterris in the Grand Valley AVA. The grapes are crushed, fermented, aged and bottled at Colterris Winery. It bursts of raspberry jam, dark chocolate and spicy oak. On the palate, this merlot displays roundness, lush tannins and a juicy fruit finish.
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80% Riverside Vineyard Merlot Clone 3, planted 1998
20% Riverside Vineyard Merlot Clone Unknown, planted 1991
2016 Riverside Vineyard Merlot is the first wine in our Estate Selection lineup. With our Estate Selections, we seek to capture “best of vintage” wines and Riverside Merlot was truly a gem. This wine is composed of 80% Clone 3 Merlot from the Eastern portion of the block and 20% of an unknown clone from the Western portion of the vineyard; the combination yields a truly spectacular example of Merlot from just under 4 acres of vines.
This vineyard designate Merlot opens in the glass with an enticing balance of raspberry jam, dark chocolate and spicy oak notes. On the palate, the wine displays roundness and juicy fruit character. As the wine moves along the palate, lush tannins show themselves leading to an elegant and still fruitful finish.