Sunce Winery and Vineyard
2012 Sonoma Valley Merlot
Merlot •Serres Ranch Vineyard
California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Valley
Cab lovers, prepare yourselves. We’ve finally found a Merlot that’s right up your alley.
Today’s Sunce Winery and Vineyard 2012 Sonoma Valley Merlot shows tremendous depth, so much so that our tasting panel spent a good 30 minutes experiencing this wine (we typically give each wine around 15 minutes). The longer we spent with it in the glass, the more layers of flavor presented themselves. Deep, dark fruit flavors are beautifully complemented by hints of mushroomy earth, espresso bean, and freshly ground black peppercorn.
This wine drinks beautifully now with some decanting, but it’s sure to age gracefully with a few years in the cellar. Why not grab enough for both?!
Almost impossibly dark crimson, very near perfectly opaque.
Elegantly nuanced on the nose, with ripened plum, blackberry, and cherry laid overtop brown baking spices, dried blueberry, saddle leather, tobacco leaf, and espresso bean. A subtle hint of violet persists throughout as well.
Very concentrated and well layered flavors only slowly emerge after decanting and a hearty swirl. Perfectly ripened dark fruit flavors of cherry and dark berries lead a supporting cast featuring mushroomy dark earth, pomegranate herbal black tea, allspice, cinnamon, sandalwood, and freshly ground black peppercorn.
This is a very substantial wine, full bodied and very Cab-like. This wine will benefit greatly from decanting, and with its solid tannin structure, it will age beautifully.
A slow cooked beef shank Osso Buco, paired with a lemon-parsley Gremolata.
What the Winery Says
- Frane Franicevic
- Sonoma Valley
- Serres Ranch Vineyard
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Merlot
- Aging Potential
- 7-10 Years