Following up our trip to Death Valley National Park, is wine from the park itself, Furnace Creek Resort Merlot. Furnace Creek Resort is the "fancy" resort within Death Valley itself near the Furnace Creek visitor's center, which is the location for the Hottest Place on Earth.
The picture on the front of the bottle is the artist Lynne Bolwell's interpretation of the Artist's Palette (pictured below) with a little bit of the Artist's Drive included. You can find more of Lynne's work on her facebook page, Here.
The rocks in the area are composed of multi-colored ashes and claystones. The ashes are a variety of hues due to the different concentrations of heavy metals in them (like nickel, cobalt, etc.)
The wine was created by J. Pedroncelli Winery for the Furnace Creek Resort to sell. Text from the back of the bottle:
"Sourced from selected blocks located in northern Sonoma County, these vines are sustainably farmed on the natural terraces that flank the valley and rise gradually into the steep hills above the valley floor."
Glory shot of the wine.
Taking a sample.