Ghost Pines knows no boundaries. Inspired by the free-form nature of the indigenous gray pines that loom mysteriously throughout Northern California, Ghost Pines embodies the progressive spirit of California winemaking. Rather than dwelling on traditional boundaries like AVAs or vineyards, grapes are chosen solely for their quality and flavor from California's best regions. This selective practice results in a collection of wines that offer a distinct balance of texture, acidity and flavor that could never be mistaken for ordinary.

Harvest Report In 2012, we selected Merlot primarily from Sonoma County, with the balance hailing from select vineyards in Napa. We looked to a combination of our own vineyards and growers who we have worked with for many years. In Sonoma, a duality of jammy and fresh fruit flavors was achieved by selecting fruit from the cooler Russian River Valley AVA and the warmer Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley AVAs. Due to the overall warmer vintage, our grapes ripened fully to express bold, fruit-forward flavors with a delicious jammy quality.

Viticulture Notes Each lot for our Ghost Pines Merlot was fermented under a unique set of conditions designed to get the most out of the fruit. Some lots were cold soaked to amplify the fresh fruit flavors while others were fermented at higher temperatures to add structure and jammy characteristics. We blended a touch of Petite Sirah to highlight notes of spice and blueberry.

Taste Profile Our Merlot is a culmination of the best that Napa and Sonoma have to offer. This wine opens with aromas and flavors of plum, dried cherry and blackberry. On the palate, hints of nutmeg, clove, new leather and toasted bread create an expressive, full-bodied wine.

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96% Merlot; 4% Petite Sirah
85% Sonoma County; 15% Napa County
0.56 G/100ml