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Diamond Collection Merlot

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Velvety texture with rich fruit impressions

Earthy spice notes, and supple tannins

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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.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES

The concentration and flavor complexity of our 2016 Diamond Collection Merlot is derived from blending fruit from three diverse appellations, including Paso Robles, Sonoma, and Monterey County. Medium-bodied with velvety texture, this wine offers rich fruit impressions, earthy spice notes, and supple tannins.

Aromas: Plums, raspberries, toasted wood, and allspice.

Blend: 78% Merlot, 22% Petite Sirah

Aging: 12 months in French Oak

*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.

Flavors: Cherries, black currant, vanilla bean, and cocoa.

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