Weibel Family 2009 Merlot, Mendocino County
and abundant spring rains set up for a good and normal crop size
for the vineyards. Summer was typical in temperature and
sunshine, with veraison and ripening happening normally.
September ushered in blistering temperatures for a week or two,
pushing grape sugars up rapidly. Harvest began on a more typical
starting date throughout Mendocino, with our merlot coming in
two harvests, on before the mid-October rain showers, and one a
couple of weeks later. The result was ripe, balanced grapes for
our Weibel Family 2009 Merlot.
Weibel’s merlot vineyards are located in the south eastern
Ukiah valley-Talmage farming area. It is river bench land and
soil consists of sandy loam with a rocky substrate with lends to
excellent drainage. Prevailing westerly winds provide air
circulation for the vines and to cool afternoon temperatures.
Additionally, the Talmage ranches are blessed with abundant
Known for its deep garnet color and bold plum nose, our
Merlot is multifaceted on the palate with elements of deep, dark
fruits, layered with spice and cedar. It finishes with long,
unique anise, herbaceous flavors.
Our Merlot works remarkably like Cabernet Sauvignon with
food, accompanying classic dishes of beef, lamb, pork, and
venison with grace and style.