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Alluvia Merlot 2017

Alluvia Merlot 2017

One-half of Intersection's flagship Merlot pair (along with the Silica)

In 2007 we planted one block of Merlot across two distinct soil types: a fine, thin plot of dry silicate sand, and the alluvial wake of an ancient creek system. For three years we created a unified Merlot from the block, until 2012 when we divided the field by soil and formed the Silica and Alluvia Merlots: twins in every way but one. Harvested in tandem and boasting near-identical winemaking, our labour is to isolate the single variable of soil in our flagship wines. Together, the Alluvia and Silica Merlots are paragons of all that we aim to achieve at Intersection: honest wines that truly represent a certain place at a certain time.

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SKU: 554998 17
Wine Specs
6.19 g/L
Enjoy now or through 2025
Residual Sugar
0.40 g/L
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Deep burgundy to a cherry red rim. Perfumey cherry and bright red fruit. Red licorice, vanilla paste and a hint of a menthol/eucalyptus quality, really fresh. Palate is juicy, but smooth and builds to some impressive structure mid-to-back palate. Dry tannin present, but not aggressive. Enjoyable structure, and finishes with more cocoa/vanilla alongside cherry pastry filling, really "distinct Alluvia" licorice/fennel notes too. Dried roses, cassis liqueur. Really enjoyable to drink, and has plenty of food-friendly acidity. Try this with seared tenderloin steak with pureed or roasted root vegetables, and blackberry-balsamic steak sauce. Eggplant roulade would also be fantastic!
Production Notes
Harvested October 8th & 10th, 2017. Fermented in tank for 7 weeks and then aged in new (30%) & neutral French oak barriques for 18 months. 226 cases produced. 2017 was flooding year #1, and the ten weeks of active water in the vineyard lent cooler temperatures and higher acidity in the fruit due to delayed lignification. There were some local forest fires that heavily blanketed the area with smoke in August, but I have not found notes of smoke taint in this wine or the other 2017s.
Food Pairing Notes
Try this with seared tenderloin steak with pureed or roasted root vegetables, and blackberry-balsamic steak sauce. Eggplant roulade would also be fantasic!
Other Notes
Our 10.5 acre vineyard is over 50% Merlot, and we have two different clones, one of which was bred at UC Davis and the other in Pomerol, in Bordeaux. This wine is made from the Pomerol clone and was planted together with the Silica block, across different soil types but sharing the same rows. The name "Alluvia" refers to glacial till that makes up most of the vineyard, featuring silt, gravel and large rocks. This alluvial till lends the wine distinct characters due to heavier canopy than the drier side o the block, larger berry size, slightly lower pH (due to shade and more water holding capacity in the soil). Using only 30% new oak and encouraging expression of the grapes, the result is a structured, deeply complex Merlot that can be enjoyed now, or hold for aging.