First known for its role as a blending component in the great wines of Bordeaux, Merlot tends to have rounder, more forward fruit style with lower tannins. The 2003 Ironstone Vineyards Merlot was produced from grapes that were hand selected by our winemakers from family vineyards in Murphys and Lodi, California. Fully mature grapes were gently crushed and fermented in our new “Australian designed" rotary fermenters. This process moderates fermentation temperatures and allows for full color extraction and maximum flavor development without excessive heat or harsh tannin qualities. Oak aging has enriched the wines structure thereby guaranteeing its approachability at a young age.
The 2003 Ironstone Vineyards Merlot is a soft, medium bodied wine with low acidity and tannins. This vintage has delightful aromas of vanilla, ripe plums and a hint of licorice spice followed by rich fruit flavors of juicy cherries and blackberries. The finish is soft and round. 76% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.