Parcel 41 Merlot 2016
The Parcel 41 Merlot shines ruby red in the glass, with shimmering purple undertones. The nose is dark and alluring, with aromas of black currant, saddle leather, and milk chocolate, with a subtle and delicate floral note. The mouth is soft and substantial, with round, mouth-filling tannins layering smoothly with the densely packed flavors of chocolate-covered cherries, spicy black plum, and smoky espresso. This wine is a crowd pleaser and will pair well with a meal of pan-roasted pork chops with thyme and currants, served with bacon-roasted Brussels sprouts and a wild rice pilaf.
While Merlot is typically more difficult to grow than Cabernet Sauvignon, which is why the best Merlot's are often more expensive, Parcel 41 delivers exceptional value. "We learned from the great success of our Twenty Bench label," adds Jim Gill. "It absolutely has to over deliver for the price." The goal with Parcel 41 was to make a Merlot that is supple and elegant yet still has the structure, depth and richness you find in more expensive offerings.
Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.
Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.