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2010 Bellarina Merlot

2010 Bellarina Merlot
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Ehret Family's Bavarian Lion Vineyards have been in the family since the mid 1990's and showcase the best Knights Valley has to offer. The Knights Valley AVA is protected from the marine in?uence of the Pacific Ocean making it the warmest AVA in Sonoma County. The vineyards on the estate range from 400-800 feet in elevation and are located just north of Calistoga and east of Alexander Valley on the foothills of Mount St. Helena. The unique topography and soil content make this a most desirable area to grow Bordeaux and Northern Rhône grapes. The soil consists of well drained very gravelly and sandy loams formed from mixed sedimentary and basic rock.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

The 2010 growing season was one noted mostly for moderation. It was long and mild in temperature during spring and summer. A heat wave in August accelerated the ripening of the grapes and harvest was only slightly later than normal though yields were lower. Our 2010 Bellarina Merlot Knights Valley has nuances of blueberry wild strawberry fresh green herb vanilla and walnut impressions in the aroma and flavors. Ripe berry and green tea tones appear in the smooth finish. Enjoy it over the next 5 years.

Technical Data


Knights Valley Sonoma County


100% Merlot

Barrel Aging:

18 months


94 cases


15.5% by volume


5.67 g / L



Retail Price:

$24.00 per 750-ml bottle

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