Merlot2017

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

2017

Cellar Life

4yrs

Costly beginnings with a superb climax. A prematurely warm March induced bud break two weeks ahead of average, and then a series of frosty April nights robbed us of 40% of the crop. As the season progressed the vines suffered additional crop losses during a rainy June. Finally, from early August into late September, we enjoyed picking beautifully ripened fruit under clear and sunny skies. The whites showed beautiful aromatics and refreshing acidity, while the reds exhibited great depth of flavor and structure for aging. A stellar Octagon vintage.

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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