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The Alexander Valley Viticultural Area generally follows the Russian River through the heart of northern Sonoma County, abutting the Chalk Hill appellation south of Healdsburg. The growing area is relatively warm; the river offers a cooling influence. Merlot is not widely planted in the Alexander Valley and the variety is in great demand. The grapes secured for the STG are of exceptional character, from mature vines which were harvested by hand.
After crushing, the fermenting wine was pumped over the """"cap"""" of the skins twice a day to extract maximum color. Following primary fermentation, the wine was racked into 50-gallon American oak barrels and underwent 100% malolactic fermentation during the long months of aging. The finished wine has a deep garnet hue and openly fruity aromas; its round, supple flavors show attractive berry fruitiness and hints of oak, with a soft, lingering finish.
The Domaine Saint George vineyards date back to 1928, when Giovanni Cambiaso found an ideal tract of land in Sonoma County above the Russian River and planted a vineyard. Since then the soils and microclimates of Sonoma County have been discovered to offer ideal growing conditions for premium wine grapesThe Cambiaso Winery, founded in 1934, was renamed the Domaine Saint George...Read More About Dom. St. George
Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...Read More About Sonoma County
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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