McCray Ridge Dry Creek Valley Merlot 1996

Merlot from Sonoma County, California

$45.49 $42.49
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Item No. 1184
  • red wine

Winemaker's Notes

Big, chewy Merlot with fruity palate; ripe berries and leathery notes. Will age well.

Learn About McCray Ridge

1700 feet above the summer marine layer on the western ridges of Dry Creek Valley, the Merlot vines struggle through thin rocky, mountain top soils. Planted in 1987, the four acre vineyard contours around a knoll in the foot wide terraced rows. Total production only 645 acres.

Learn About Sonoma County

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...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) 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...

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