2015 Foley Johnson Handmade Merlot, Rutherford
Dark and bold, this 2015 Estate Merlot displays inviting aromas of plum, blackberry, and violet with earthy notes of sage, and clove. Silky tannins add body and structure to this supple wine. This is a deep, rich Merlot that delivers a truly exceptional mouthfeel while showing its elegance and complexity.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this dynamic wine with grilled sausages and carmelized onions or alongside a ribeye steak with fresh rosemary.
September 9, 2015
20 months in 40% new French, and American oak
July 11, 2017
The Foley Johnson Estate Merlot is grown on gravelly soils that provide ample drainage to decrease the vigor of foliage growth. These ideal growing conditions allow our Bordeaux varietals to reach full maturity on the vine without taking on the green leafy taste of under-ripened fruit. The Merlot was harvested September 9, 2015 under clear night skies. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation and was racked four times throughout the barreling process. After 20 months of aging in 40% new French, and American oak barrels, the wine was bottled in July 2017.
2015 was a prime vintage that produced high quality fruit. An earlier than average budbreak led to harvest beginning earlier than average as well. The high temperatures in August and early September accelerated maturity and picking times. Overall the weather was nearly ideal, with conditions that allowed the grapes to have an exceptional level of acidity without being over ripe. We brought in a bountiful crop of very tasty fruit!
Only 139 cases produced