2012 Merlot "Aux Raynauds"

2012 Merlot

2012 Merlot "Aux Raynauds"

This wine comes primarily from a tiny block of Merlot dedicated to Alain Raynaud and his family of Bordeaux. Doctor Raynaud taught David much of what he knows of the wines of Bordeaux when he worked at Chateau Quinault in St. Emilion. In return, Calluna offers Aux Raynauds as a wine reminiscent of that region.

The Raynaud block of Merlot sits on an essentially flat plateau near the top of our property with a significant element of clay – this is the soil type in which Merlot thrives. With its hilltop exposure and non-vigorous canopies, the fruit gets much sun exposure. But in Chalk Hill's cooler climate, it is ideal for getting the fruit ripe without pushing it over the top – producing authentic Merlot character without pruniness and high alcohol.

In keeping with that region’s traditions, an important contribution is added by Cabernet Franc.