Winemaker Brenda Lynch is very excited about her 2017 Merlot. For the first time, she sourced her Merlot grapes from an amazing vineyard in Russian River Valley, Sonoma County. She then aged the wine for 11 months in French oak barrels to add richness and complexity. What a combination! Beautiful ripe red fruits are followed by spicy herbs and savory notes... simply delicious!
This is not a wimpy Merlot. Slightly tongue-in-cheek, but this has always been the motto for our Merlot Over and Play Dead. Winemaker Brenda Lynch's focus has always been on picking ripe Merlot fruit to get the black and red fruits she loves, and to get soft and ripe tannins. The wine's label captures this "attitude"... a big, beefy bulldog saying "bite me" is our way of saying this in not your typical Merlot.
It’s all about the fruit. For her “Dog Series” wines, Brenda has one goal in mind - create fruit-forward wines with varietally true aromatics, mid palette weight and flavor, and a full bodied and balanced finish. Brenda sources her fruit from a variety of appellations within California always letting the quality of the fruit drive her selections. Her travels always seem to have stops in beach towns for a cold beer at the local pub, which she claims are an equally important part of her winemaking!
Our 2017 Merlot Over and Play Dead is medium-ruby in color and opens with fruit-forward aromas and flavors of red plums and cherries, with hints of black pepper spice and savory notes of tea leaf. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, nicely balanced and with a smooth, though dry finish.
Food Pairing Notes
We look for food pairings that combine Merlot's natural affinity for beef with flavors that match the savory qualities of the wine. Our favorite is grilled hamburger, medium rare, covered in sauteed shitake mushrooms. A close second is meatloaf smothered in smokey bbq sauce.