Fruit for this marvelous Merlot came from the Hillsdale and Benchland vineyards located in Dry Creek Valley AVA which is situated in Sonoma County. The wines final blend consists of 78% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot very similar to a Right Bank Bordeaux blend. Right Bank Bordeaux wines use Merlot as the primary grape, and I only point this out in this review to bring to light how many people will say they are not fond of Merlot wines.
However if you query those folks who say no to Merlot they are almost always enamoured with Right Bank Bordeaux wines. A matter I find quite perplexing. On that note let’s move on to talking about this fabulous DCV Merlot. Soft and inviting on the palate like Merlot should be, with red fruit aromas and a spicy bouquet that give way to cherry, mocha and vanilla flavors. The combination of tannic minerality and well integrated acidity leads to a pleasurable lengthy finish. Serve complex cuisine that will assume the starring role because as good as this wine is, it’s at home in the supporting role.
Excellent | $26 | 14.5% ABV