The Jack London Ranch creates distinctive red wines that have a loyal following throughout the world. The red volcanic soil and pleasantly warm climate of this hillside vineyard combine to produce rich, full-bodied wines. Located on Sonoma Mountain with an eastern exposure, this vineyard is above the fog level and gets early morning sun followed by late afternoon breezes that temper the day's most extreme heat. The result of this exceptional terroir is grapes of great distinction that make wines with superb flavor and deep, rich color.
The 2007 Merlot crop from the London ranch was
harvested in mid September. The vintage began with a dry spring followed by a temperate summer that finished with a warm spell over Labor Day to get the fruit ready for harvest. The grapes were crushed and then fermented in stainless steel before aging in French and American oak
barrels for 20 months. After aging the wine was pumped out of barrels and blended with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon for complexity and balance.
The rich fruit flavors found in this Merlot complement a wide range of dishes, including braised beef, rich stews and pastas.