Little Frances - Merlot 2018
Region: Sierra Foothills / California
The gentle tannin structure supports bright mulberry and plum fruits. Simultaneously offering friendly approachability and reserved power, this wine is guaranteed to win your heart.
This small vineyard, in conversion to organics, and mindfully farmed by Rick Dutra, is in the Redwood Valley sub-appellation of Mendocino County. It's about 15 minutes north of Ukiah on the western edge of the Russian River Valley. At 200m above sea level, the well draining iron-rich soils help maintain a perfect balance in these vines.