2012 FrostWatch Vineyard & Winery Bennett Valley California Merlot
Lush, juicy flavors of dark berries, cherries and plums are supported by sturdy yet polished tannins and the palate-whisking natural acidity that’s found in most wines from Bennett Valley. Still quite young, this Merlot will benefit from aeration now, or with another year or two of cellaring.
Country: United States
Brand: FrostWatch Vineyard & Winery
Item #: 45775
About This Wine:
Matanzas Creek Winery made Sonoma County’s Bennett Valley famous long before the region became an American Viticultural Area (AVA), in 2003. A handful of small, family-run wineries have cropped up in Bennett Valley since Matanzas was founded in 1977.
The AVA, located southeast of Santa Rosa, overlaps a portion of the Sonoma Mountain and Sonoma Coast AVAs and offers well-drained benchland soils, and morning fog and afternoon marine breezes that keep a lid on otherwise high temperatures during the growing season.
Owner & Winemaker Brett Raven chose the name Frostwatch for the period of time in early spring when below-freezing temperatures overnight can damage the vines’ tender buds and shoots. Frostwatch is not open to the public and bottles less than 2,000 cases of wine a year.