Castoro Cellars [organic] Merlot (2019)
This Merlot is sourced from our Estate certified organic Merlot vineyards that are nestled in the Templeton Gap District of the Paso Robles AVA. Merlot is one of the main Bordeaux varietals and grows well in Paso Robles. This is a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon when you are looking for something slightly softer with more elegance. The fruit is dark berries, the vanilla oak is moderate, and the tannins are polished.
The 2019 Castoro Cellars Merlot is our first Merlot that has qualified for the CCOF certified “made with organic grapes” designation. It utilized all organic estate grapes from two blocks in the Templeton Gap sub AVA; one block adjoins our tasting room and events center. This cool growing area produces outstanding color and tannic structure, not to mention true varietal character interwoven with black fruit. Harvested October 17th, 100% of the wine was given 12 months age in new and used oak barrels.