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New! 2015MerlotSoda Canyon Ranch (Napa Valley)

$65.00 USD$52.00 Duncan Family / Duncan Family Reds Club Price$55.25 Velma Club Price

APPEARANCE 
Rose petal red 

AROMAS 
Blackcurrant syrup, slow-cooked brisket, cumin and pepper with light floral notes of violet and dry chamomile 

PALATE 
Sweet and tart with a fruit-forward attack of black cherry, plum and pomegranate 

MOUTHFEEL 
Density without heaviness and rounded tannins 

FINISH 
Juicy and seamless finish that lingers 

AGEABILITY 
2033 given proper cellaring conditions 

PAIRING 
Roasted duck peking style with hoisin sauce; grilled lamb with chimichurri sauce 

2015 Soda Canyon Ranch 3 Bottle Special Offer

VINEYARD 
Soda Canyon Ranch, Napa Valley 

COMPOSITION
81.7% Merlot, 14.9% Cabernet Franc, 3.4% Petit Verdot 

HARVEST DATES 
August 31-September 18, 2015

ALCOHOL 
14.8% 

AVERAGE BRIX 
24.9° 

BARREL AGING
13 months

BARRELS 
French Oak 30% new, 30%one-use, 22% older, Stainless Steel: 18%

RELEASE DATE 
April 2019 

2015 was not an average vintage. Coupled with a cool spring and its associated challenges for bloom, this fourth consecutive year of drought yielded earlier ripening, smaller berries, a lighter crop and a condensed harvest season. We saw budbreak in mid-March, and intermittent heat spikes followed between June and October. Veraison and harvest also commenced earlier than usual-in July and at the end of August, respectively. A thinner-skinned and earlier-ripening variety than Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot performed well as these conditions resulted in denser color and phenolic structure. Overall, 2015 was a scarce yet stunning vintage featuring a layered intensity of flavors and complex aromas that will age beautifully.