Grape Variety: 100% Merlot
Vinification: Each vineyard was harvested and fermented separately in upright stainless steel fermenters. Rack and return, which is the process of draining all of the free-run juice off the cap and then returning the free-run juice back over the top of the fermenter, was performed twice daily.
Ageing/Maturation: Aged for 12 months in American, French, Eastern European, and neutral oak
Hayes Ranch Merlot 2014
This Merlot has aromas of herbal tea and blackberry that are accentuated by hints of spice and perfume. The wine is full bodied with a smooth mid-palate that showcases flavors of cherry and truffles, alongside tobacco undertones.