Merlot2018

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

2018

Cellar Life

4yrs

This vintage will be remembered by all Virginia growers as one of the most challenging, characterized by a mild spring with early and very fruitful bud break, followed by well above average rainfall in June and July which required extensive leaf pulling and mowing. In our district we experienced a warm and fairly dry August which allowed some good to very good ripening in whites and some red varietals, but heavily penalized Cabernet Sauvignon.

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, 0.2%
Total Acidity, 0.52%

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