Merlot Reserve 2017


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Merlot Reserve

Appearing only in superior vintages, the production of this wine is simply a happy dividend. Its production is naturally limited by not being required for blending the Octagon of that year. Cultivated, as are all the varietals destined for Octagon, in carefully selected blocks of our Goodlow Mountain vineyard, this wine is vinified for the greatest durability of shelf life and concentration of varietal expression.



Cellar Life


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 8-10 days on the skins in stainless steel
Maceration 8 days
Composition Merlot 95%, Petit Verdot 5%
Aging 12 months, new and used French oak barriques
Analysis Alcohol, 13.0%
Residual Sugars, 0.%
Total Acidity, 0.58%