2017 Merlot "Lost Vineyard"
We named our two acre Merlot Block the “Lost Vineyard,” after the abandoned vineyards we found hidden across the ranch when we arrived in 1955. Clone 181 had just been brought in from Bordeaux when we planted the block in 1994, and at this site it produces graceful dry wines with fine tannins, a hint of minerality, delicate fruit, and aromas of violets and sage. After the richer wines produced from the warmer 2015 and 2016 vintages, the 2017 has given us a wine in a more classic style, evocative of our Merlots from the 2011, 2012, and 2013 vintages. In 2017, most of the Merlot was included in the blend that is our Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon -- we were able to bottle just a single barrel as a Merlot varietal. The wine is available only by direct purchase.