Homewood Winery, Merlot Late Harvest 2013, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA
This dessert Merlot is dark and complex with stewed plums, and coffee, with blackberries and chocolate on the palate. It has just enough acidity to balance, and the tannins are soft and well-integrated.
APPELLATION (AVA): Dry Creek Valley
REGION: North Coast
VINEYARD: Hawkins Vineyard
SOIL: River rock bottom, sand, rocks, clay (loam)
PRACTICE: Organic, sustainable
VINIFICATION: Fermented and aged in neutral barrels
COLOR: Deep garnet
BODY: Medium to full bodied
TASTE: Sweet (6% residual sugar)
TANNINS: Moderate, well-integrated
PRIMARY AROMAS: Prunes, raisins, coffee, leather, cedar
FLAVOR: Stewed plums, blackberries, chocolate, coffee
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTION: Serve slightly chilled. Pair with chocolate cake, or a lamb winter stew.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Homewood Winery
Homewood Winery is an artisan, handcrafted, and small-batch winery located in Carneros, Sonoma, owned and operated by David Homewood, who is the pure definition of a “Author winemaker.” David is originally from Illinois, though he moved to California in the late 70s and produced his first vintage in 1983. His very distinctive style and his sense of "terroir wine" have made him an exceptional being who, for forty years, has never compromised his quality for the sake of commerce, or ever suffered from "Parker Syndrome". Homewood Winery is the perfect example of excellent wines that remain at more-than-reasonable prices.