Sbragia Family Vineyard

2012 Home Ranch Merlot

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Warm, lush flavors of cherry liqueur are punctuated with notes of bright red currant and rhubarb in our 2012 Home Ranch Merlot. The wine has a rich mouth-feel without being a heavyweight, with notes of dark chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon spice and an intriguing note of pink peppercorn. The tannins are soft and supple and the wine carries a long, smooth finish.

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Vineyard

Our Home Ranch Vineyard, which my family has farmed for decades, surrounds the family home at the southern end of Dry Creek Valley. The eight-acre Merlot vineyard sits on a flatland of Dry Creek Valley, an area that had a propensity to flood before the Dry Creek Dam was built. As a result, the soil features rocky clay loam components which contribute to great drainage in the vineyard, and vines that consistently produce richly concentrated Merlot grapes.

Vintage

"Classic" and "perfect" are just two accolades being bestowed upon the 2012 growing season and harvest. Textbook conditions saw near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool and often foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rains held off until grapes found optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into our cellar. The abundance of perfectly ripe grapes--with a smooth balance of acids and sugars produced excellent wines.

Winemaker Comments

Warm, lush flavors of cherry liqueur are punctuated with notes of bright red currant and rhubarb in our 2012 Home Ranch Merlot. The wine has a rich mouth-feel without being a heavyweight, with notes of dark chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon spice and an intriguing note of pink peppercorn. The tannins are soft and supple and the wine carries a long, smooth finish.

Technical Information

Harvest
October 24-26, 2012
Blend
95% Merlot, 4% Cab Franc, 1% Petite Verdot
Alcohol
14.6%
TA
5.80 gm/L
Produced
2,573

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2012 Home Ranch Merlot