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2016 Merlot
Tasting Notes

2016 Merlot

Bashing Merlot is oh so 2004. Here at Scheid, we have never wavered in our deep love of this alluring, classic Bordeaux variety. The geographical spread of our estate vineyards gives us the ability to craft a luscious and complex Merlot that is unabashedly juicy. As equally comfortable with prime rib as it is with pizza, it is a wine that will stand-up to full-flavored fare, but can also mellow out with more subtly-prepared dishes. Versatility is Merlot’s middle name and it is quite often our go-to red on the dinner table. Our 2016 vintage is a full-bodied wine loaded with black fruit character and enhanced by delicious spice and vanilla notes. Bold flavors framed by rich oak unfold into a long, plush finish.

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The Merlot was sourced from two of our estate vineyards: San Lucas and Hacienda. San Lucas Vineyard is located south of our Greenfield winery. Here, the days are warmer and longer, yet cool down quite dramatically when the sun goes down, recording a greater day-to-night temperature differential. This brings out a lush blackberry fruitiness with a soft-on-the-palate feel. Hacienda Vineyard is situated farther north in a cooler climate zone. Cool-climate Merlot tends to have greater color extraction and more intense, concentrated flavors, with a spicy undercurrent. The resulting blend is a wonderfully balanced wine with abundant, full fruit, and a subtle spiciness and earthiness.
Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were destemmed, crushed, and fermented in 1 ½ ton open top fermenters. Punch downs, where the firm cap of skins and seeds that bubble up and form on the surface during red fermentation are submerged, were conducted twice a day for two weeks. After settling the heavy solids, the juice was racked clean to barrels and aged for 18 months. The bottled wine was laid down for an additional 10 months prior to release. It is wonderful to drink now, yet also suitable for additional aging.
Varietal Composition
100% Merlot
54% San Lucas, 46% Hacienda
Harvest Date
September 17 – October 19, 2016
Harvest Brix
23.3° – 25.3°
Alcohol %
63% American, 32% French, and 5% Hungarian oak
Cases Produced
Bottling Date
April 17, 2018