2015 Firestone Vineyard The Chairman Series Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley
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 2015 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.
83% Merlot, 17% Petit Verdot
Santa Ynez Valley
August 25 – October 15, 2015
15 months in French, American, and Hungarian oak, 40% new
January 18, 2018
The 2015 vintage had the warmest temperatures and least amount of rainfall in the winery’s history. Despite the lack of rainfall, the timing of the growth of the vines was perfect. Bud break began in the last week of February, and there were very few incidents of frost which led to a slightly earlier bloom. June was sunny and warm followed by warmer than average July and August months. The grapes were harvested from August 25 – October 15, 2015.
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.
Only 400 cases produced