Merlot2014

14.99

Merlot

Established as one of the estate’s most important and consistent varietals, this classic Merlot is one of our most popular wines, for its very gratifying palate and food pairing manners. Supple, silky, yet with attractive tannic grip, the wine is forthcoming with luscious aromas and flavors which suggest it most frequently in everyday dining, and when a glass by itself is desired.

Year

2014

Cellar Life

4yrs

A single, light frost at the outset of the season inflicted minor crop losses, but thereafter a pattern stabilized of moderate rain, and daytime temperatures never approaching hot ranges. In the crucial last 6 weeks of the growing season, from early September to mid-October, we enjoyed a period of consistent high pressure, with clear blue sky, warm days and cool evenings which ultimately allowed us to harvest at optimal times. A signature of this vintage is that the reds bear a higher than average acidity, extravagant texture, fragrant aromatics - gifts of the cooler season.

Fermentation 5-7 days on the skins in stainless steel
Maceration 5-7 days
Composition Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%
Aging 7 months, used French oak barriques
Analysis Alcohol, 12.5%
Residual Sugars, 0.0%
Total Acidity, 0.54%

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