2020 Bella’s Estate Reserve Merlot
We are excited for the release of our new Reserve Merlot. It was grown in a new vineyard next to our winery on the eastern side of the Santa Clara Valley just east of Gilroy and is carefully tended by George and Lynda Green. They meticulously farm this vineyard to maximize quality. The 2020 growing season was outstanding the Santa Clara Valley allowing for a medium crop with long hang time on the vine, giving intense and complex flavors. Concentrated and crisp, fresh blueberry, currant and cocao is the first aroma you smell, complimented by vanilla, graham cracker, bramble and toasty oak nuances. The mouthfeel is substantial, but silky at the same time with lots of dark fruit and oak flavors in the long finish. Pair with braised lamb shank.
Vineyards and Blend:
97% Verde Vineyard Merlot
100% Santa Clara Valley
15 months in 50% New French Oak
April 4, 2022
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