The 2016 Flanagan Merlot Bennett Valley has
beautiful aromatic notes of bergamot, black
raspberry, and Bay leaf. The palate has ripe
red currants and black plum with lots of
structure. The acidity provides beautiful
delineation and tension in the mouth. The
small berries produced from the steep,
volcanic hillside site gives the wine great
color and concentration.
This is a generous, age worthy, world-class
The 2016 vintage provided a modest crop of
excellent fruit. The 2016 vintage was characterized by a cooler growing season than
2015 so the wines in 2016 are, in general,
more focused. The cooler temperatures in
2016 meant grapes tended to ripen at lower
Brix and pH levels than they did in 2015.
Precise sustainable farming, picking for
balance, and making the wine with minimal
intervention all contribute to what we believe
is one of the top Merlots made in California.