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Discover Merino Vineyard

Oct 8, 2018

“Complexity” is a concept not often associated with Sauvignon Blanc, which is why single vineyard bottlings are especially rare in California. But when you’re fortunate enough to find one, get ready for something special. A true single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc embraces the sauvage, or “wild,” natural character of the grape, at once challenging our senses and leaving us thirsty for another glass. 

In recent years, the Duncan family has selectively added key vineyard sources to our Twomey wines. Our 2013 vintage marked the debut of Merino Vineyard in our Sauvignon Blanc. Impressed by the quality of the fruit, the family acquired the vineyard in 2014. Since then, longtime fans of our estate Sauvignon Blanc noticed the addition of a crisp, mouthwatering minerality and roundness in our estate Sauvignon Blanc from Napa and Sonoma counties. 

“It’s all about fruit quality when it comes to making compelling single vineyard wines,” says Twomey Director of Winemaking, Nate Weis. “Our job is to help the Duncan family find these expressive sites like the Merino or the Prince Hill Vineyard (Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Oregon) that translate into wines of place and character. Now with a couple vintages farming this incredible site under our belts, it was time to let this vineyard speak for itself.”

Named for the French word “Mer” (or sea), Merino Vineyard is located only 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Rosa Laguna, or the southwestern corner of Russian River Valley. Here, the marine layer has a profound effect on grape phenolics in these 20 acres of clay-based soils. Colder nighttime temperatures followed by early morning fog allows grapes to mature at a slow and steady pace. In fact, Merino is always our last of the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards to be harvested. 

“Merino represents the best of Sonoma County,” adds Nate. “The clay soils lend a note of ginger and dusty granite to the mid-palate of the wine, which is balanced with a lemon-lime or mandarin citric acidity. The entry is full, yet soft and rounded on the palate, with a long, floral finish of pear and elderberry.”

While our estate Sauvignon Blanc is an “enjoy now” wine, we encourage you to age our Merino bottling several months longer, if you can wait that much time. The wine is bottled with a cork finish to extend its age-worthy qualities through 2022. Of course, if you want to enjoy it now, it’s ready to fill your glass. With this new release from Twomey, we hope to show you that Sauvignon Blanc is an incredible varietal, capable of complexity and range, and with skilled winemaking and proper cellaring, can continue to evolve and age elegantly over time.

Curious to learn more? Check out our 2017 Merino Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.