2014 Royal Oaks Ranch Merlot CA
Grapes are from Roblar vineyard located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. The mild climate tempered by foggy mornings, combined with the long growing season, allows our grapes to fully develop structure and complexity while retaining fresh and bright fruit flavors.
90% Merlot, 10% Syrah
Average brix: 24.2
The wine was aged for 16 months in barrel and tank.
The grapes were picked in the cool mornings, crushed, and fermented with the skins for one week to extract the rich color and flavor. 100% malo-lactic fermentation.
These Merlot grapes are from vineyards in Lodi.
The color is a deep ruby with aromas of cherry and plum with notes of chocolate and vanilla. The palate is dark cherry and plum flavors, long fruit finish.