Classic deep purple in color with red highlights. Rose petal, violet, cherry and plum aromas are accented by notes of cedar and toasted coconut. Black cherry, fig and blueberry flavors are complemented by a hint of vanilla and spice on the finish. This juicy, plush wine has a lingering finish with soft, medium tannins and firm acidity.
Vineyard and Winemaker’s notes
The grapes for this wine come from a vineyard on a rise in the heart of Alexander Valley – the same vineyard that we have used for over a decade. Bill likes the drainage that the slight elevation gives. After picking and de-stemming, the grapes are lightly crushed; the wine is pumped over during fermentation and left until dry. The Merlot was aged about 2 years in American oak barrels from Wisconsin chosen for the extreme tightness of their grain; one third of the barrels are new every year.
Varietal: 100% Merlot
Appellation: Alexander Valley
% Malolactic: 100%
TA (g/100 ml): .66
Brix at Harvest: 24.4
Res Sugar(g/100ml): .02
Barrels: American oak
Time in Barrel: 20 months
Winemaker: Bill Arbios
Double Gold Medal, 2017 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Winemaking defines the essence of my life; transforming a challenge into a vision of elegance, grace and power.
- Bill Arbios
After a notable winemaking career with many prominent wineries, Bill Arbios fulfilled a longstanding dream of having his own label with the debut of Arbios Cellars in 1993. Arbios Cellars focuses on a single Bordeaux-style red wine, made from 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in the acclaimed Alexander Valley of Sonoma County.
Placing the emphasis on the terroir, Bill believes in honoring the character of the fruit without over-manipulating the wine. The resulting wines are ripe and intense with rich plum and cherry flavors and intriguing notes of olive and earth – a style that has been described as a cross between the new and old world.
Arbios Cellars’ production has grown from a mere 125 cases of the 1993 vintage to approximately 3000 cases today. The wine is available in major U.S. markets with distribution in numerous high-end restaurants and retail shops. In 2000, Bill launched a second label, Praxis, from the Greek word for practice. These wines, priced about half that of the Arbios label, allow Bill to experiment and practice his craft with new varietals and different terroirs. Although Bill made his reputation making Meritage blended wines, all of the Arbios and Praxis wines emphasize terroir with more than half made from a single vineyard.
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@karenhynes I am wondering the same thing. I find merlot to be a versatile “daily drinker” option, and with this price point, I’m comfortable cranking this open after a grueling Tuesday at work. Versatile in that the varietal pairs with many cuisines. I also like the fact that this is the Alexander Valley vineyard. Very intriguing offer!
How does this compare to the 2013? I see that it’s a little higher alcohol, and from the description (20 months in American oak, one third new) it sounds like it might have some noticeable wood (which I like).
Hi - Susan from Praxis checking in. Sorry about shipping; we are too small to have a license for every state. I do love this wine and it is a great every day/night wine - esp at this price. Please write in if I can answer any questions
I really like the Praxis Viognier from the previous offer…It’s definitely not your typical grocery-store Viognier. So this Merlot has me intrigued since I’m not much of a Merlot drinker (at least not your typical grocery-store Merlot).
I enjoyed the 20-3, and Amin for a few of these at this price. That said, I opened my last 20-3 bottle a month or so ago, and while it’s still drinking well, I wouldn’t hold onto it much longer. My feeling is this is likely a ‘drink this right now’, so probably not in for a case.
@SARBIOS On your website, you can ship to Ohio. Not in this Casemate deal though? On another note, how are you liking that Gewurtztraminer you’re making? I’ve been looking for good one from a winery I know.
@scott0210 Not sure why the discrepancy. We loved the Gewurtz but haven’t made it for a few years - tho I know our distributor in Ohio has some if you are interested. It was clean, crisp & dry in style.
Getting the ship-to states list correct was an ongoing issue for 10+ years at wine.woot, why would it be any different here?
As mentioned in my earlier post, Praxis went from 39 ship-to states in May to 26 (now 27 with the late addition of CT) this time. It seems unlikely that they had 12 licenses expire without renewal since May. So, either the list was wrong then or it’s wrong now. Or both…