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Destination Valley ‘Mendielle Vertu’ Merlot

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Mendocino County, United States
$30.00 per bottle
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The 14-acre organically farmed Destination Valley Vineyards estate is located on the benchland plains overlooking the Russian River in Mendocino County's Ukiah Valley. About three hours north of San Francisco, the warm Ukiah Valley lies inland over the Coastal Range from the Pacific Coast. Daytime summer highs are toasty--ideal conditions for warm-climate red grapes--but nighttime temperatures can be as low as 40 degrees, enabling fruit to retain its acidity and vines to start the next day fully refreshed.
Serve this rich red with full-flavored meat dishes like venison medallions with a red wine or mushroom sauce, tea-smoked Muscovy duck breast or pulled pork with spicy slaw.

Serve at cool room temperature (64°F).
Manuel Gotera, Jr. fell in love with farming as a child and studied horticulture as a young man. His travels to Europe and visits to wineries in northern California inspired him to study viticulture and then winemaking at UC Davis. In 2006 he purchased oldvine Zinfandel and Merlot vineyards in Mendocino County and founded Destination Valley Vineyards. In addition to producing small batches of his own wines with help from winemaker Kian Tavakoli, Gotera sells his excellent grapes to a few select wineries.
The Wine
Mendielle Vertu is this estate's proprietary red wine. Comprised primarily of Merlot, it displays generous raspberry and huckleberry fruit, smoke, chocolate and earth aromas, and has plush, velvety plum and blackberry flavors with notes of cedar and mocha. It finishes with ample tannin and could be cellared for 5 to 10 years.

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