Merlot Reserve2013


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


To the novice grape-grower 2013 could have seemed an unlikely year for stellar results, due to an early rainy pattern which finally broke at the beginning of August, from which point the vineyard enjoyed cool temperatures and abundant sun through early October. It is because of years like this one that we never make predictions nor lose hope too early, but diligently prepare our vineyards to take advantage of the last 60 days of the ripening season. The grapes were harvested at ideal balance of sugar and acidity, and produced structured wines capable of long aging - especially in the Reserve selection and therefore, in Octagon.

San Francisco International Wine Competition 2015 Silver Medal
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, 0.2%
Total Acidity, 0.55%

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