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Diamond Collection Merlot

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Winner of various awards

Plush texture and elegant oak nuances

Retail: $19.00
Member Price $14.25
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“The inspiration for the Diamond Collection was a bottle of 1906 Claret we found in the cellar of the Napa Valley property we purchased in 1975. I designed a new label reminiscent of this old bottle and created the Diamond Collection Black Label Claret, which is our company’s most recognized offering. Today, Diamond Collection includes 13 varietals, each identified with a brightly colored label. The quality and authenticity of Diamond Collection is extremely important because we are a family company and our name is on the label. As such, you can trust that we’ll always give you the very best.” —Francis Ford Coppola

Diamond Collection wines are classic California expressions that offer fruit-forward, multi-dimensional flavor and immediate drinkability. With Merlot the objective is to create a wine that has structure and complexity, but soft, smooth tannins. We find that sourcing fruit from several different appellations works best to give us a Merlot that exudes multiple layers of flavor and a nice seductive texture, so we combine fruit from Paso Robles, Sonoma and Monterey County. Our Paso Robles grapes deliver sweet fruit flavors, spice notes and earthy, mineral nuances; our Sonoma fruit contributes natural acidity to create more balance and finesse; and Monterey County grapes provide richness and concentration.


We came off an early vintage in 2014 only to have an even earlier season in 2015. Limited rainfall in the spring helped reduce yields and give us small berries, which in turn provided a little more density on the palate as well as a little more tannin. Mediumbodied and well structured, our 2015 Merlot has flavor intensity, a plush texture, and elegant oak nuances.

Appearance: Red violet

Aromas: Cherries, huckleberries, spiced wood, vanilla

Flavors: Red currants, plums, mocha, crème brulee

*We kindly reserve the right to send you the next vintage of this wine should this particular vintage sell out at the time your order is received.

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