$16.00 per bottle / $172.80 per case
$13.60 per bottle / $153.60 per case
It would seem to be a cold day in climate changèd Santa Cruz that a Merlot would pass the portals of Bonny Doon Vineyard. And yet… one must (as painful a proposition as this might be) remain open to the possibility that the The Cépage That Dare Not Speak Its Name might (gasp) be somehow not just bearable, but in fact, utterly delicious – soft, luscious and plush (not in a slatternly way), well structured, and even, dare I say, reasonably complex.
Good, deep ruby color, with a lovely dusty aroma
of fraise de bois, licorice and gingerbread, with the
subtlest suggestion of garrigue de Provence; the
’16 vintage is a bit more substantial in weight and
persistence than the ’15. Quite elegant on the palate
when first opened, the wine continues to build in
amplitude in the glass with more air. The Merlot has
wonderful natural acidity (go figure!), medium tannins
and great persistence.
There has been to some extent a sort of “ethnic
cleansing” of Merlot in the Central Coast since the
release of the film, “Sideways,” and it is, of course,
tremendously ironic to be singing the praises of this
substantially execrated grape. But beauty is found
sometimes in the most unexpected places.
Food Pairing Notes
This would be an absolutely perfect wine with lamb
and rosemary. Other ideas include pizza with Italian
sausage, grilled steak with a Merlot reduction, and