2017 Foley Sonoma Merlot, Alexander Valley
This 2017 Alexander Valley Merlot introduces itself with enticing scents of blueberry, mulberry and vanilla. On the palate, a medium body brings forth flavors of blue and black berries with a delicate mocha finish. We recommend pairing with roasted vegetables or grilled bison hamburgers. This wine will continue to evolve with time. Enjoy now through 2027.
79% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Zinfandel
17 months in French oak, 40% new
For 2017, we selected fruit from the biodynamic, Eco Terreno vineyard in the Alexander Valley. Following harvest, the grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks and then racked to French oak barrels. After aging for 17 months in barrel (40% new), the wine was bottled.
Harvest 2017 was an excellent vintage in the Alexander Valley. A relatively cool ripening season in August was followed by a four-day, 115 degree heat spike, which pushed all fruit that was on the fringes of ripeness well into full maturity. Luckily, grape quality was not compromised, and once the fruit arrived, it was fantastic to work with. Although the heat spike was much maligned at the time, all of our fruit, aside from a single block of Cabernet Franc, was in and processed by the time the fires hit at the beginning of October.