2015 Red Blend
What we love
On the nose, the wine unabashedly greets you with dense dark fruits that moves into more savory aspects – dried cranberries, fresh cherries, blueberry and black raspberry is immediately followed by exotic spices, earth and charred meat. The palate is fabulously rich but well structured, with proper acidity and firm tannins on the finish – all which combine to create a brilliant and beautiful wine.
About this Wine
The 2015 Merisi Red Blend is one of the best “insider” wines you will discover this year: A tiny “mom & pop” Sonoma winery with impeccable winemaking talent. Mouth-filling, palate-staining richness. Terrific price.
Merisi’s 2015 Red Blend is without a doubt full-bodied, but not in an aggressive (or syrupy) fashion thanks to pronounced freshness. Merisi crafted this red blend so well and it deserves to be opened now, although it will no doubt continue improving over the next 5-10 years. The perfect accompaniment for a hearty winter meal. Cheers!
- 93% Petite Sirah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Syrah; made with dry farmed, organic grapes; naturally fermented and barrel aged for 21 months in 50% new French oak.
- 14.0% alc - 105 cases made.
- Drink now through 2027.
Merisi Wines was started by Mandy and Nick Donovan and their shared love for the wines of Northern California and to show their vision of the best of what this region can produce. “Merisi Wines are our attempt to be true to the grapes we harvest, reflect the vineyard and excite at the dinner table.”
As the winemaker, Mandy thoughtfully sources fruit from boutique, sustainably-farmed vineyards, farmed and cared for by the same families for generations and harvests to showcase each site’s distinctiveness. Each vineyard and growing season has its own unique variability, and Merisi's goal is to capture the positive nuances that come from these differences. "We like to think of it as the personality of the fruit.”
Though driving to an industrial warehouse complex in Sonoma's south side wine ghetto, where Mandy crafts her wine, might seem mismatched to a winemaking style that strives to best understand and represent the vineyards and growers whose fruit are sourced for each edition of wine, it quickly becomes apparent from Mandy's recounting of how each wine came to be that she is serious about delivering on her ideals.
Whether it is the Jenkins family whose Pinot Gris grown in their own backyard on a chilly slope on the Sonoma side of Carneros, or the three current generations of a four generation Mendocino family who dry farms their Petite Sirah on 50 dusty acres, Mandy Donovan's intimate connection to way that her grapes are farmed before they are entrusted to her care belies a humility that marks her winemaking style.
Using the timeless winemaking style of "less is more," Merisi Wines aims to evoke a sense of passionate realism. "Daring to be different if that means pursuit of quality and honest interpretation."
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