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2017 Merlot
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2017 Merlot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
60% San Lucas, 40% Hacienda
Harvest Date
Oct 5 – 26, 2017
pH
3.63
Aging
80% French oak, 20% American oak, 20 months
Bottling Date
Aug 7, 2019
Alcohol %
14.8
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$28.00
 
SKU: 17SVIME7EMONNA2

Merlot is the new normal. Though overlooked for years, Merlot is striding confidently into your home and into your glass. Beginning with a nose of fresh wild berries and vanilla, our Estate Merlot evolves into a smooth wine of black berry, black cherry, plum, boysenberry, blueberry and elderberries, framed by a mild acidity and light toasted wood notes. It fills the palate with fresh berry pie and continues with an engaging finish. This wine is perfect with both vegetarian and heartier beef fare; think beef stew or polenta dishes. This is a Merlot that will always be welcomed in your home.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
60% San Lucas, 40% Hacienda
Harvest Date
Oct 5 – 26, 2017
pH
3.63
Aging
80% French oak, 20% American oak, 20 months
Bottling Date
Aug 7, 2019
Alcohol %
14.8
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Wine Profile
Vineyard
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.
Varietal Composition
100% Merlot
Winemaking
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 20 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.
Cases Produced
482