Fetzer Merlot California Valley Oaks 2009
There’s a sense of pride that comes from making wine in a place with a rich history. I think our Mendocino roots show in every glass of our Merlot. It has an easy, approachable style with aromas of ripe plums and flavors of blackberry and cherry. This wine goes great with just about any meal, making it a good choice to have on hand for every day.
Fetzer Vineyards was founded in 1968 in beautiful Mendocino County by Barney and Kathleen Fetzer. One of the first California wineries to branch out into serious Chardonnay production, Fetzer remains committed to sustainability and environmentally conscious wine production. Dennis Martin oversees all wine-making at Fetzer and is assisted by Charlie Gilmore and Michael Chupp, who are in charge of white wine making and red wine making respectively.
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You'll first notice a rich, medium Ruby Red color in this Merlot,with aromas of black cherry, cassis, red licorice, plum and a hintof sage, balanced with notes from the oak aging, including vanilla,toffee and toasty oak. The light to medium tannins provide someheft for the wine, easing into a soft structure that offers a wellbalanced wine that's easy to drink. Surprisingly rich flavors ofcherry, vanilla and mocha combine with toasty oak. This is oneof our best vintages of the past few years.