Originally brought to the United States in the 1850’s from Pomerol by Antoine Delmas, Merlot is, at its best, a textured wine capable of great elegance. “Fin de journee” Merlot comes from two blocks ideally located within the Rutherford and Carneros AVAs. These AVAs each bring unique attributes and add complexity to the wine. The warmer Rutherford site showcases dusty, dry loamy soils whereas the Carneros site has heavier clay loam soils and was planted in the early 2000’s to clone 181. Exemplary sustainable farming practices are employed in these sites and after veraison unevenly ripened bunches were hand culled which reduced yield to about 6 pounds per vine (@ 3 tons/acre).