Schultz Wines 2017 Steelhead Run Vineyard Blessed Merlot, Applegate Valley $32.00

By on April 12, 2022

Greg and Debbie Schultz farm Merlot organically at their Glory Oaks Vineyard in Southern Oregon, but here they spotlight the versatility of Steelhead Run Vineyard — a dry-farmed site renowned for Rhône varieties — and the winemaking of Medford’s Linda Donovan at Pallet Wine Co. It’s dark, lovely and coming into its own, loaded with blackberry, smoky plum, dried fig and violets. Bittersweet chocolate tannins and Bing cherry strike a balance that will play out well for the rest of the decade.

Rating: Gold medal – 93 points

Production: 138 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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