2008 Sandstone Merlot

2008 Sandstone Merlot

Our 2008 Sandstone Merlot exhibits aromas and flavors of black cherry and plum with hints of black tea and toasted oak. A smooth mouthfeel and inviting tannins leads to a long, fruity finish.

Vineyard:

The grapes for our Sandstone Merlot come from a gently sloping formation of hills running along the southeastern corner of the historic Livermore Valley. With warm days, cool nights, well-drained sandstone soils, and incoming breezes from the San Francisco Bay, the Wente family’s hillside vineyard is an ideal place to grow outstanding Merlot.

Fermentaion:

Each vineyard was harvested and fermented separately in upright stainless steel fermenters. Rack and return, which is the process of draining all of the free-run juice off the cap and then returning the free-run juice back over the top of the fermenter, was performed twice daily. This method increases the color and tannin extractions and improves mouthfeel through the integration of oxygen.

Aging:

This wine was aged for 21 months in American, French, Eastern European, and neutral oak.

2008 Sandstone Merlot