Teira Merlot 2011
Made with 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Zinfandel. The Teira family winery, named after daughters Thea and Keira, has grown grapes and has years of experience in producing and recommending fine wines in the Dry Creek Valley for over 35 years. Elegance and balance are the hallmarks of their wines.
The 2011 Merlot is a classic, rich, ripe, and structured Sonoma County Merlot with a nod towards Bordeaux. Aromas of blackberry, ripe plum, vanilla, cedar, and cigar box on the nose. Palate follows with mouth-filling fruit of blackberry, plum, vanilla, and light-oak spice notes. Soft, smooth tannins integrate with a strong structure to make this a balanced, elegant Merlot from attack through the 45-second-long finish.