Matanzas Creek Winery Merlot 2013
The 2013 Matanzas Creek Winery Merlot is naturally defined by the three mountain peaks that envelop it, Bennett Valley existed for many years in quiet obscurity – bountifully sustaining an agricultural community that had all but forgotten the valley’s pre-prohibition viticultural roots. It wasn’t until 1977 with the founding of Matanzas Creek Winery that the area’s winemaking potential was once again unearthed. But Matanzas Creek didn’t just breathe new life into the area, it helped revolutionize the entire industry and, in the process, put Bennett Valley back on the map. And now, over thirty years after the release of its first vintage, Matanzas Creek stands at the forefront of California viticulture. Each day yields new and exciting discoveries, and the winery’s future is as bright as its universally celebrated past.
Our Sonoma County Merlot includes fruit sourced from vineyards across three appellations (Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley and Knights Valley) and from an eclectic diversity of soils, sun exposure, clones, rootstocks and altitude. This diversity is the cornerstone of the rich complexity of our Sonoma County Merlot. All blocks were fermented and aged individually to respect the terroir of each vineyard. Lots were evaluated several times and after 15 months the blend was made and returned to barrels, allowing the wine to age two additional months in French oak barrels. Every lot and every barrel that was blended into this Merlot is meant to be part of this sleek, silky and elegant wine.