Why We Love This Wine:
The Pestoni Family Merlot is produced from their Three Tears Vineyard on the Eastern slope of Howell Mountain. With elevation that ranges from 1,600 to 2,100 feet above sea level, this estate vineyard sits on a 160 acre estate of which thirteen are planted in Cabernet Sauvignon and three in Merlot. The rocky volcanic soils and weather conditions are challenging, but worth the extra effort as the vineyards produce wines with outstanding flavor, intensity and aging properties.
Sommelier Tasting Notes:
This Howell Mountain Merlot opens with notes of black cherry and cedar. This wine is just beginning to evolve but shows so much already with delicious laced flavors of deep espresso and dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is rounded as the varietal proves. Layered with dark black fruit and earthiness, the finish lingers on the palate. With its big structure, this merlot is almost cab-like, but with slightly more refined tannins.