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Teira Merlot 2013

Merlot from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    A classically rich, ripe and structured Sonoma County Merlot with a nod towards "Right Bank" Bordeaux. Aromas of blackberry, ripe plum, vanilla, cedar and cigar box tease the nose. The palate follows with mouth filling blackberry and plum flavors, and hints of vanilla and oak spice. Soft, smooth tannins integrate with the extended structure to make this a balanced, elegant Merlot from attack through to the lingering finish.

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    Teira Wines, California
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    Bring together the founder of Clos du Bois Wines and Julia Child and what do you get? Daniel Donahoe, owner/founder of Teira Wines. Daniel grew up around Julia before setting out on a journey to west coast to intern at Cakebread Cellars. In 2001, Daniel and his wife Alexis, who happens to be the daughter of the founder of Clos Du Bois (Frank Woods), started Teira Wines, named after their two daughters, Thea and Keira – “Teira.” Daniel hired his good friend and winemaker Bill Knuttel to make Teira Wines from his father-in-laws original Clos Du Bois Vineyard, right in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, CA. On this property, they grow Sauvignon Blanc, the flagship of Teira as well as Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Merlot.

    Nestled between W. Dry Creek Road and the Dry Creek itself, visitors can experience an exuberant Daniel Donahoe with glasses of wine, shotguns and some skeet shooting.

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    A multifaceted and highly reputable sub-region of Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley is responsible for a wide range of wine styles—both red and white. One of the smallest AVAs in California, Dry Creek Valley has a winning combination of ideal geography and climate. Fertile, well-drained soils create concentrated varietal character while long, warm days, bookended by cool nights, allow grapes to reach full phenolic ripeness and balance. The warm and welcoming appellation is home to a number of family-owned vineyards and wineries that place a strong emphasis on sustainable farming practices.

    Zinfandel reigns supreme here and still produces in a great number of very old vineyards—often 100 years old or older. These old vines create a powerful, voluptuous and sultry wine unlike those of any other region. Sauvignon Blanc, the valley’s signature white grape, also performs exceptionally well. Many other varieties grow comfortably here, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Syrah. Petite Sirah is often found in blends with Zinfandel.

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    An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot can be made into a range of styles from everyday-drinking to world-renowned and age-worthy. Merlot is the dominant variety in the best wines from Bordeaux’s Right Bank regions of St. Emilion and Pomerol where it is blended with Cabernet Franc. On the Left Bank in the Medoc, it plays a supporting role to Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. Merlot also frequently shines on its own, particularly from California’s Napa Valley.

    In the Glass

    Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

    Perfect Pairings

    Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot with Cabernet Franc.

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