Fetzer Bonterra Merlot
Merlot is one of their most distinctive expressions, thanks to the nuances that they’ve discovered in our vineyards. The fruit was destemmed and pressed before a warm fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation to soften the mouthfeel and was aged for 18 months in a mix of French and American oak barrels, nearly half of which were new.
The resulting wine has aromas of black currant, black cherries and a touch of wood smoke with flavors of plums, dark berries, toasty oak and vanilla spice. In the mouth, this wine has an elegant and restrained style with nice structure and balance, soft tannins and a long finish.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
The black-fruit flavors in this full-bodied and moderately tannic wine go deep and broad, filling the palate with rich berries and black cherries. Hints of cocoa and dark chocolate add interest and complexity, too.