The Sidekick Series from Iconic Wine represents a deep dive into the quality and value of Lodi California. We work with multiple sustainably farmed and family-owned vineyards across the appellation. This allows us every year to assure we pull the best fruit for the price depending on the vintage, creating a trustworthy wine and perfect companion to your day-to-day adventures. Sidekick Merlot 2021 draws inspiration from another great wine region, the Right Bank of Bordeaux, with a core of 92% merlot and compliment of 8% Cabernet Franc. It is fermented in stainless steel vertical fermenters. Maceration is done for 16 to 20 days with a once-a-day pump over. A fourth of the merlot and all of the cabernet franc is then introduced to new French oak and aged for a minimum of six months. This wine is structured and earthy, but still carries enough red plum fruit to stay pleasantly in balance.