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2017 Merlot

 Our 2017 Merlot displays flavors of wild blackberry, ripe plum, black cherry, smoked cedar, leather, & herbs, with a balanced finish. Pairs best with meat and mushrooms. 

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Merlot has had a bad rap of late, but it is the backbone of many of the worlds great wines, and is a key component of our flagship wine, our Wisdom of Wise. Due to demand from our fans, in 2016 we decided to release a single varietal Merlot, and have brought it back again in 2017 after rave reviews of the 2016 vintage. 2017 was a cooler vintage, resulting in leaner flavors, more bright fruit, and lower alcohol. The grapes for this blend are cold soaked and fermented with whole berries at cold temperatures, to achieve a partial carbonic maceration and maximize fruit-forward aromatic expression. These techniques result in a vibrant fruit profile and lighter tannins. After fermentation, the wines are left on the skins for an extended maceration to ensure full extraction of flavor and soft tannins from the skins before pressing and being transferred to oak on 100% full lees. This mix of techniques allows the maximum expression of fruit, spice, and lees aromas to produce an intense wine displaying the best qualities of these grapes and vineyards. This wine was aged in oak barrels, 40% new, a mixture of French and American oak, for 20 months, to balance and elevate the wines. The wine was aged on the yeast lees and stirred (batonage) monthly to extract a rich mouthfeel.

Pairings

meat and mushrooms

Wine Profile

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Vintage 2017
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Merlot
Varietal Composition 84% Merlot 8% Cabernet Franc 7% Syrah
Appellation Sierra Foothills
Sugar 24.0 Brix
Acid 6.3g/L
PH 3.55
Aging 20 Months
Fermentation 11 day fermentation with punch downs
Bottling Date 350 Cases 3/28/2019
Alcohol % 14
Size 750 ml

Winemaker Notes

Our 2017 Merlot displays flavors of wild blackberry, ripe plum, black cherry, smoked cedar, leather, & herbs, with a balanced finish. Pairs best with meat and mushrooms. Merlot has had a bad rap of late, but it is the backbone of many of the worlds great wines, and is a key component of our flagship wine, our Wisdom of Wise. Due to demand from our fans, in 2016 we decided to release a single varietal Merlot, and have brought it back again in 2017 after rave reviews of the 2016 vintage.

Estate Grown, Produced, & Bottled

13.9%

Awards

Vintage | Award | Competition

2017 Silver: Sunset International

2016 Silver: SF Chronicle