2016 Merlot

Thatcher Bay Vineyard

Livermore Valley


TA: 3.3 g/l

pH: 3.69

Brix at harvest: 24.8

Harvest date: 9/30/2016

Aging treatment: 10% New American Oak blend of forests



Winemaker’s Notes:

As we explore the Livermore Valley, becoming enchanted by the variety and quality this unique wine region has to offer, the Bordeaux varietals cannot be ignored, especially the left bank wines.

This vineyard is quadrilateral cordons and fronting Greenville Rd with generous yield with ample canopy. It is ideal conditions for this varietal.

The Thatcher Bay Vineyard is hand harvested and the wine is made as a vineyard designate wine due to its relevant structure, balance and inherent quality.”

Dane Stark, winemaker


Tasting Notes:

Medium ruby in color.

This wine opens with fresh fruit on the nose of plums, spice, berries and touch of cedar. Medium intensity entry leads to a lean mid palate and soft tannins around the back of the palate with integrated acidity and a lingering finish. Hints of light oak surround a very structured and nuanced mid palate reminiscent of great Bordeaux.

The balance of the fruit and structure provide for aging potential for a number of years.