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2013 Road to Rio - Reserve

Merlot, Cabernet, and Malbec Blend

  • 98 Points, Gold & Best of Class - 2015 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

Exploding with incredible plum flavors lends this Sonoma and Alexander Valley Merlot blend as an elegant wine for all occasions. Aromas and flavors of plum, black currants, and red cherry with a subtle hint of holiday spice, chocolate and white pepper. Visually stunning of dark crimson as the rich mouth feel, incredible legs, fantastic balance, and dreamy long finish entices you to sip and savor every drop. 80 cases produced.

Vineyard Notes

Sonoma Valley AVA is known for its unique terroir with Sonoma Mountain protecting the area from the wet and cool influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean. The Sonoma Mountains to the west help protect the valley from excessive rainfall. The cool air that does affect the region comes northward from San Pablo Bay through the Carneros region and southward from the Santa Rosa plain. The profile of Alexander Valley wines has historically centered around the approachability and richness of the wines being characterized for chocolate notes and warm mouthfeel.

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  • 98 Points, Gold & Best of Class - 2015 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
  • Silver - 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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Vintage 2013
Varietal Merlot
Varietal Composition
73% Merlot
23% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Malbec
2% Zinfandel
Appellation Sonoma County
PH 3.53
Residual Sugar .02 g/l
Alcohol % 14
Size 750 ml