Wine Wednesday: Alexander Valley Vineyards 2013 Estate Merlot

The second Wednesday of every month is very special here at the office. Just before closing time we pour ourselves a glass of wine, snack on some light appetizers, and head outside to reminisce on what we’re thankful for as well as our team achievements over the previous month.

Today we’re sipping on Alexander Valley Vineyard’s 2013 Estate Merlot, a delicious deep red with notes of cherry and vanilla.

Here’s an excerpt from Alexander Valley about this award-winning wine:

Alexander Valley Vineyards 2013 Estate MerlotWe prune our Merlot vines heavily and drop fruit several times during the growing season so that each cluster of grapes has rich concentration and good structure.  Winemaker Kevin Hall has found that fermenting the Merlot at a little cooler temperature than some of our other Bordeaux grapes maintains the lush flavors and structure as well.  After fermentation the lots spend 18 months aging in a combination of French and American oak barrels.

This wine always impresses red wine lovers. There are spicy, earthy aromas of black cherry, cassis, chocolate, vanilla, oak, black plum and raspberry in the glass. This wine has broad mouthfeel with flavors of cherry, cassis, licorice, plum, chocolate along with a floral note. This is a big, nicely balanced wine with grippy tannins on the long finish.

We invite you to visit Alexander Valley Vineyard’s website to peruse their entire collection, including the RBI-approved 2013 Estate Merlot!

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