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Vintage: 2014

Varietal: Merlot

Appellation: Paso Robles

Alcohol %: 14.5

 

William Randolph Hearst was an accomplished horseman and amassed a world class collection of pure bred horses. The stables at Pico Creek were home to a number of breeds including Arabians, Palominos and Morgans. We chose to name our Merlot after these beautiful stables designed by Julia Morgan. Merlot is amonst the more versatile grape varietals we work with at Hearst Ranch Winery. This wine is a crowd pleaser from the warmly inviting nose through the soft tannin structure that carries the palate to an elegant finish. You will love the “Legacy of Quality” we have put in every bottle.

Our 2014 Pico Creek Merlot is a delicious rebuttal to those who deem this regal grape variety to be past its glory days. From the gorgeously dense color, to the exceptionally silky finish, this wine is rock solid. To keep aromatics in line with the structure, we bottled this wine bit younger than is typical. As with most juveniles, a little patience goes a long way. Initially upon opening the nose is a touch shy showing earthy mineral notes of flint and iron shavings. With some time the personality opens up to show ripe plum and sweet cranberry aromas. The elegant and contemplative structure carries flavors of dark stone fruits and wet earth. Supple but assertive Merlot tannin carries the flavors to a graceful finish. In its youth you may choose to decant this wine an hour before service.

— Hearst Ranch Winery