The 2007 Merlot was sourced from the Central Coast's Hames Valley AVA. High winds, dry days and ocean fog from the Pacific Ocean create a cool, long growing season, allowing the fruit to stay on the vine longer, leading to full, forward fruit flavors and ideal acidity. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and completed malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels, where it aged for 8 months prior to bottling.
Brass Tacks Merlot offers tasty red berry and ripe cherry fruit with hints of spice and vanilla from nicely integrated oak.
Enjoy with pot roasts, lamb chops, grilled salmon, and duck.
88 points, Editors' Choice
"Bone dry, with brisk tannins, this is a Merlot to drink with good food and not worry about the wine overshadowing it. It’s really drinkable, with a soft, lush mouthfeel and flavors of cherries, currants, spices and cedar."
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast Magazine, August 2010 Download PDF
- 2010 San Diego International Wine Competition