Broadside Merlot 2018 Margarita Vineyard, Paso Robles, California

Broadside produces wines focused on purity and true varietal expression. The winemaking favors a natural approach in that the wines are minimally handled to best express the grape, site, and vintage. Appellation: Paso Robles. Sub AVA: Santa Margarity Ranch. Varietal: 78% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Notes: “A wet winter helped fill up reservoirs and bring new life to cover crops, then to the vines. We saw even temperatures throughout the growing season allowing for consistent fruit quality across the board.” Maturation: 11 months in neutral French oak. Tasting Notes: Vivid ruby. Cherry, cassis and succulent herbs on the fragrant nose, joined by a slowly building tobacco nuance. Plush and supple in texture, showing good depth to the lively bitter cherry and black currant flavors. A smoky note appears on the finish with velvety tannins and lingering dark berry character.