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2018 Merlot

The 2018 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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Vineyard Designation

South facing slopes

Wine Profile

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Vintage 2018
Varietal Merlot
Varietal Composition 80% Merlot 10% Petit Verdot 10% Petite Sirah
Appellation Sierra Foothills
Sugar 25.0 Brix
Acid 6.2g/L
PH 3.53
Aging 20 Months
Fermentation 14 day fermentation with punch downs
Bottling Date 254 Cases
Alcohol % 13.9
Size 750 ml

Winemaker Notes

"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, and 2018 after rave reviews. 2018 was a cool vintage, allowing for full maturity of the grapes to intense flavors while retaining fresh acidity & fruit flavors. The grapes are cold soaked and fermented with whole and crushed berries at cold temperatures, to achieve a partial carbonic maceration and maximize fruit-forward aromatic expression, while maximizing color and tannin extraction. 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 tannin 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." --Owner & Founder Dr. Grover Lee & Winemaker Steven Eriksen


Vintage | Award | Competition
Silver Medal Foothill Wine Fest