Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker
January 26, 2015 | Wine Club | Jennifer, Owner/Winemaker

Spring 2015 Wine Club Shipment

How Merlot Can You Go...

The last ten years have been tough for Merlot. In 2004, a movie named Sideways was released that dramatically changed public perception of this enduring and respected Bordeaux grape. The post-movie release fall from popularity for Merlot has been attributed to a phenomenon known as the "Sideways Effect". In case you haven't seen movie, let us give you a very brief synopsis- Merlot is not cool. Frequent association with images of 1980's yuppies wearing pink polo shirts with popped collars, whipping around town in their BMWs or Porsches, brick cell phone in hand, hasn't helped its image either (for a better visual, check out this spectacular video on "A Brief History of Merlot"!). We, however, have an immense amount of respect for this venerated grape (perhaps you've heard of Petrus?) and are on a mission to make Merlot cool again.

In celebration of this great grape and one of the original planted in our vineyard in 1991, the Spring 2015 Wine Club selections are all about Merlot. The first wine in this shipment is the increasingly popular Rosé, which sells out more quickly each year! Made from 95% Merlot, the 2014 47-Ten Rosé is a fun and enjoyable glimpse of Merlot's capabilities beyond use as a single varietal. The second wine is the truest representation of our featured grape, the 2012 Merlot, perhaps the best Merlot we've produced in more than a decade. The final wine in this shipment is another of our specially created wine-club only projects, a co-fermented blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc, the 2013 Riverside Reserve. Upon receiving this bottle you may notice that we had to make a correction to the vintage (thank you to our awesome staff for correcting more than 650 bottles!)- we'd like to note that this is the first time we've ever made a mistake in printing labels in 18 years. We have chosen to think of this as a collector's item, rather than an error. Hopefully you'll agree!

As always, please feel free to email us at wineclub@canyonwindcellars.comwith any questions, concerns, or ideas. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for news, events, and pictures.

Jay & Jennifer Christianson
Owners / Winemakers


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