2014 Trig Point Alexander Valley Merlot Diamond Dust Vineyard
The Diamond Dust Vineyard lies just south of the town of Geyserville in the renowned Alexander Valley wine region. Its old, low vigor vines consistently produce Merlot with more power and depth than typically found in the appellation. The Diamond Dust Vineyard is perfect for Merlot. Situated in the southern and cooler end of the Alexander Valley and coupled with a slightly more vigorous soil means that the fruit can be taken to full flavor and perfect sugar without dehydration. Given the vineyard is over 30 years old, the canopy-to-crop ration tends to be in perfect balance, cropping at around 3.5-4.2 t/acre. Made from Merlot grapes; vine age – planted 1982; grown on soils of deep gravely loam. Fermented in stainless steel tanks. Aged in Barrel: 20% new tight grain French, 5% new American. Aged for 12 months. Bottled unfiltered.
Deep violet color; ripe plum and blackberry aromas with red raspberry and black cherry flavors. Full-bodied and dense, the palate is lush and finishes with velvety tannins and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.