Folie à Deux Merlot 2013
Grapes for the Folie à Deux 2013 Alexander Valley, Sonoma Merlot are hand-picked from a selection of prime vineyards in the cooler parts of Alexander Valley. Nestled in northern Sonoma County, Alexander Valley AVA stretches 22 miles from Healdsburg to Cloverdale, following the meandering course of the Russian River. Along its heavily graveled bench lands and foothills lie some of California’s supreme Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, which benefit from the region’s warm daytime temperatures, marine-cooled evenings and well-drained, volcanic hillside soils.
2013 was a phenomenal vintage for Sonoma County. Harvest began slightly earlier than previous years, yet the pace quickly sped up towards the end of August and throughout September as many varieties ripened at the same time. Fruit quality was exceptional, achieving ample ripeness on every metric.
Following a 10-14 day maceration period, the lots are aged for 17 months in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak barrels. This wine is bright and varietally expressive.
The Folie à Deux 2013 Alexander Valley Merlot has bright, enticing berry fruit characteristics with hints of toasted caramel from the oak and a lavish layer of velvety tannins. The fruit, vanilla and cherry flavors are concentrated and focused boasting a firm, yet plush finish. Folie à Deux 2013 Alexander Valley Merlot is inviting with balanced acidity, making it a perfect complement to most meat dishes, such as Mediterranean lamb burgers or a slow cooked roast beef.