Ramsay Merlot 2016
The 2016 Ramsay Merlot is a great example of what Merlot can, and should, be. It is a rich, dark wine full of fruit, yet structured with nice astringency and a truly stunning mouthfeel. It is made from grapes from several vineyards in California's North Coast that really worked together to create the depth and nuance that the winemaker was looking for in making this wine.
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.