2016 Cannonball Merlot


95 pts + DOUBLE GOLD Medal

SF International Wine Competition '18


Component wines were cellared separately for the first year and the final blend was aged on a finely proportioned medley of French oak, employing customized toasts and select cooperages to enhance the fruit, round-out the palate and support the tannin structure of the blend.
Medium ruby in color showing a bouquet of cherry and plum fruit
accented by subtle sweet vanilla French oak and a fetching lavender floral note. The palate is generous and soft on approach, leading with supple cherry fruit and transitioning to richer boysenberry flavors on the mid-palate where the medium-firm tannins, creamy oak, and earth notes of graphite, tobacco, and clove come into play. The vintage’s fresh acidity lends structure to this silky expression of Merlot leaving a lingering, savory finish.
We find that Merlot expresses its most appealing varietal character when grown in regions that experience warm afternoon temperatures balanced by cool nights and mornings. California’s Central Coast possesses this harmony of climate as well as diversity of soils which adds distinction of flavor to each of the regions. We source from foggy Monterey to gravelly Livermore, sunny Paso Robles to mountainous Santa Lucia Highlands in pursuit of bright fruit flavors, supple easy tannins and alluring acidity to craft our final blend.

Alc: 13.7% • pH: 3.66 • TA: 6.1 g/100mL


Enjoy with red meats, duck, and pasta with rich sauces.