Good morning! It’s that time of the year when I start getting wines ready to bottle. I actually like this particular time. Tasting, blending, tasting, blending…not to mention all the things I have to get ready for the packaging. Labels, glass, corks, capsules…did I mention tasting? It’s very rewarding to see the wines come together in a way that you hadn’t imagined. They come into their own. They become what they were meant to be. (with a little help from the winemaker 😉 )
I want to tell you about a wine I really excited about this year. It’s the 2012 Passaggio UNMARKED Merlot. I sourced this fruit from my good friend, Carole Coplan. Carole bought this property a few years back. Now called Coplan Vineyards, this beautiful property is located at the northern cusp of the Carneros region in Sonoma Valley. This area is characterized by a long, moderately cool growing season tempered by maritime breezes from the bay and the Pacific. They sometimes have lingering early morning fog and warm afternoons. This environment provides optimum conditions for slow, even ripening and superior acidic balance for cool climate Merlot.
Merlot tends to have a range of fresh flavors such as plums, cherries, blueberries and blackberries mixed with cocoa and black pepper and spice tones. When it comes to food pairing options. Poultry, red meat, pork, pastas, salads – Merlot handles them all very well.
This will be Passaggio’s first Bordeaux red. The bottling is planned for March of this year and the wine will be released sometime this Fall. I hope you decide to try this small lot, artisan wine. You won’t be disappointed.