Grand Valley AVA

Somerset is 100% Merlot with fruity, grape scents highlighted by a lingering, sweet finish. We allowed the Merlot grapes on our Somerset Vineyard outside Palisade to ripen an additional four weeks after the rest of the vineyard was picked. During that time the grape sugars  rose to  30 degrees Brix.

The wine was fermented with no skin contact, resulting in a natural light-salmon “blush” to the wine. Fresh floral scents with ripe strawberries and black cherries come through in the nose. The balance is superb, making it an excellent choice of a variety of sipping situations, from aperitif to dessert-in-a-glass coupled with fresh fruit or dark chocolate.

October 2003



Stainless steel only
February 2004

1003 cases

11.49% Alc, pH 3.35, TA 5.7 g/l
15% Residual Sugar