Alexander Valley Merlot, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, 2009

Estate grown and bottled. Wetzel family estate. First planted on the Wetzel Family Estate in the 1960s, Merlot is one of our most versatile grapes. With its aromatic nose, silky texture and abundant fruit, it is a major blending component for many of our red wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Cyrus, our proprietary red blend. With a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon blended in, this 2009 Merlot displays the qualities that make it a mainstay in our red wine program. Flavors of blackberry, cassis and sweet oak are neatly framed by soft tannins. This wine can be enjoyed immediately or aged for a decade or more. The Alexander Valley yields distinctive grapes and wines that are recognized worldwide. Our property was the homestead of pioneer Cyrus Alexander, for whom the valley is named. We produce delicious wines, rich in varietal character, from our vineyards. Alcohol 14.0% by volume. Produced & bottled by Alexander Valley Vineyards, Healdsburg, California.