2014 Merlot, Glen Oaks Vineyard

American Viticultural Area
Sonoma Valley
Maturation
100% new French oak, fermented and aged entirely in the new barrels for 22 months
Clones
181
Serving temp.
66° F
Best from
2016
Pairings
Smoked meat, sweet-spicy glazes, dark chocolate, berries, cream
Our bottle price
$ 45
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Our case price
$ 459
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Not remotely the Merlot you know. Full new French oak barrel fermentation and an extensive aging program have made this a dark, round, colossal wine. Packed with blackberry, blueberry, black licorice and chocolate notes, the finish goes on and on. Described as “cuddly like a tiger.”

Pairings

With a wine this full-bodied, go big or go home. You need hardwood charcoal, lots of smoke, and a sweet-spicy glaze. Or chocolate. Dark chocolate, covered with berries, topped with cream. In the dark of winter, you'll be toasty warm with a glass of merlot.