Monarch 2020 Lodi Merlot
This Merlot from Lodi received an oak treatment to enhance the mouthfeel and longevity of the wine.
The nose is powerful with deep, extracted aromas of prune, blackberry and cherry. There are also lingering tobacco and chocolate notes in the finish. In the mouth, the attack is filled with raspberry and blueberry characters, followed by layers of tannins building from the fruit and oak. The nuances come from the toast levels, which ranged from medium-plus to heavy. The tannic crescendo embellishes the mouthfeel and finish. This beautiful wine shows exactly what sustainably-grown Merlot grapes can achieve.
Bronze - 2021 Dan Berger's International Wine Competition
Gold - 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver - 2022 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition