2014 Firestone Vineyard The Chairman Series Merlot, SYV
Merlot is a thin-skinned red grape with origins in the Bordeaux region of France. Known for its soft tannins and dark berry characteristics, Merlot is one of the more versatile reds to pair with food. This 2014 Chairman’s Merlot is intensely dark with aromas of plum, cherry, and cocoa. The aromas follow through on the palate where balanced acid and supple tannins compliment the dark fruit notes. Notes of cherry, tobacco, and tea are accented by a hint of vanilla on the finish.
94% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot
Santa Ynez Valley
August 25 – October 15, 2014
15 months in French, Hungarian and American oak, 25% new
December 2, 2016
2014 was a vintage of both high quality and quantity of fruit. An early bud break in the last week of February and a warm, dry spring led to a slightly earlier bloom and fruit set. Despite the lack of rainfall, the timing of the growth of the vines was perfect. Few incidents of frost and a warmer than average summer allowed the grapes to ripen at an optimal pace. The fruit was harvested in cool temperatures and at full maturity, from August 25 – October 15, 2014.
The Santa Ynez Valley is located just two hours north of Los Angeles and five hours south of San Francisco, adjacent the cold Pacific Ocean. With the greatest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County - roughly 18% of its total land planted to vineyards - it is among the favorite weekend destinations for wine aficionados in the Central Coast region.