To capture the essence of Forty Licks, the 40 tracks that cover the Rolling Stones career, Winemaker Mark Beaman chose to work with Merlot. This varietal captures the comfort of turning to a solid classic that stands the test of time. Much like the band itself, Mendocino County winemaking stays true to its roots with a consistent and confident character not caught up in fads or trends. The 2009 Merlot captures the attitude of Mendocino Countys style. Aromas of black cherry, with hints of mint are followed by rich flavours of plum, black cherry, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cedar. This dry red wine is a fine match for herb-roasted chicken, grilled beef or smoky chili.