Firestone Merlot Santa Ynez Valley
Deep ruby in color. Bold notes of dark cherries, plums, dark chocolate and nutmeg on the nose. The flavor profile is equally alluring, with pronounced notes of mocha dust, dark chocolate and dark cherries on the palate. The finish is generous, long and warm and completes a wine that is enjoyable.
$26.00 / Bottle $312.00 / Case
This wine displays the classic style which has made Santa Ynez famous. Firestone’s estate vineyards location is warmer than areas to the southwest (Santa Rita Hills) and north (northern Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley), yet cooler than the eastern areas of the Santa Ynez Valley. The result is a viticultural "sweet spot" with a long growing season that ripens each varietal to full maturity.
The grapes making this wine are hand picked to flavor, crushed, fermented and skin contacted up to 28 days for mouthfeel. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for over 24 months for tannin integration. 10% Syrah is blended to enhance berry fruit tones and mouth suppleness.