Noble Vines 181 Merlot

Merlot 181 vine stock originates from the Bordeaux region of Pomerol.

Vine types perform at their best when they are put to work in the type of soil and climate from which they were born. The clay soil and temperate Mediterranean climate of {Noble Vines} Station Vineyard, situated on a breezy knoll in Lodi, make this a perfect match.

181 Merlot vine stock is used to thick, silty soils that hold their moisture from winter rains into the growing season. Like Bordeaux, Lodi offers stone “cobbles” over a layer of clay red soil. These soils allow for deep root penetration and a stable vine during times of low moisture and heat. This allows the roots to “reach out” and establish a balanced vine.

The resulting wine is the perfect companion to pasta with sausage and roasted peppers or a pan seared steak with mushrooms and parsley.

Grape Varieties:
Merlot
Alcohol/VOL:
13.5%
Vintage:
2011
Tasting Notes:

181 is classic Merlot, offering softer tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon, but equal elegance and concentration. It opens with aromas of black cherry, vanilla and toasty spice. Fresh fruit flavors of currant and cherry mingle gently with spicy cedar and vanilla. The wine is supple in texture, full bodied, long and well-balanced on the palate, with a lingering finish of gentle, balanced tannins.

Other:
Vegan , Vegetarian

About the Producer

{Noble Vines}

{Noble Vines} focus on selected clones of well known grape varietals – vintners have historically singled out the most admired vines, naming each with a unique number to identify its exceptional attributes. {Noble Vines} have planted in their prime located, family owned estates – Clay Station and San Bernabe – where the vines will flourish best.

Located seventy-five miles east of San Francisco, Lodi is noted for its warm day, cool night Mediterranean climate and its distinctive sandy and cobble-stone soils which provide the ideal environment for Cabernet grapes. Clay Station Vineyard is located at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Monterey benefits from its proximity to the Pacific Ocean; warm days and cool nights with fog blown down the valley determine the perfect growing conditions for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – developing ideal flavour, concentration and balance in the wines. The gentle slopes of San Bernabe Vineyard give one of the most diverse single vineyards in the world, with multiple microclimates and varying in soil types.

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