With a smooth feel and balanced tannins, this vintage of Crane Ridge
Merlot offers undertones of blackberry and vanilla complemented by a smoky finish
from the oak aging. Crane Ridge is an excellent example of Merlot - it shows off the
best of the varietal’s characteristics, with additional richness from the Touriga
Wine Color: Red
Varietals: 98% Merlot, 2% Touriga Nacional
Appellation: 92% Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay 8% Arroyo Seco, Monterey
Winemaker: Karl D. Wente
Residual Sugar: Dry
Crane Ridge is the gently sloping formation of hills running along the
southeastern corner of the famous Livermore Valley. The Wente family’s hillside
Merlot vineyards deliver fully ripened fruit with exceptional depth of character.
This blend was fermented in upright stainless steel fermenters. The
fermentation temperatures exceeded 90°F to maximize color and tannin extraction.
All parts of this blend were aged for at least 12 months in French and
American oak barrels.