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Ancient Oak Winery 2013 Merlot Blend "Sappho" Berger Vineyard Sonoma Mountain

Master Sommelier Dan Pilkey
August 24th 2022 | 2 min

Sappho is named after a great Greek lyric poet, who is recognized for the intensity and intimacy of her verse.

Matching the sensuous and regal way in which Merlot can age, the Sappho is showing a mature or aged fruit condition, eucalyptus and lavender scents over a core of black plums, and a firm, chewy frame.  At near 1200 feet above sea level, Berger is rustic and majestic with old-school vine history planted as far back as the early 70’s neighboring Laurel Glen. The composition is 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc, it immediately caught our attention as a Pomerol doppelganger from Bordeaux! The truly rewarding thing was the wine showing it’s vintage with secondary and even some tertiary flavors…decant and enjoy with food! 

Melissa Siebert founded Ancient Oak to celebrate a Pinot Noir vineyard that her husband Ken's grandparents planted, and Melissa and Ken raised their kids on -- marking four generations on the land. The eponymous ancient oak presides over this vineyard. Winemaker Greg La Follette employs the same small-batch, hands-on, native-fermentation approach that he began as André Tchelistcheff's last pupil and developed and implemented as the founding winemaker of Flowers and Tandem.

Closure – Natural Cork

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