2016 Firestone Vineyard The Chairman Series Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley
This wine expresses aromas of roasted plum and espresso with hints of boysenberry. The palate reflects flavors of lush red fruit and rich espresso with a touch of pipe tobacco. Toasty oak and balanced acidity tie the whole package together.
93% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Santa Ynez Valley
August 23 – October 8, 2016
20 months in French, Hungarian and American oak, 30% new
August 7, 2018
2016 was another vintage of both high quality and quantity of fruit. An early bud break in the third week of February and a warm spring led to a slightly earlier bloom. Summer temperatures were mild and warm resulting in a good fruit set and average yields. We harvested all the fruit on August 23 – October 8, 2016 in cool temperatures to ensure cold fruit at pressing.
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.