Wines

2012 Estate Merlot

  • Varieties:
    100% Merlot
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    24.0
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.7%
  • Acidity:
    0.71g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.46
  • Residual sugar:
    0.02 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    December 05, 2014
  • Cases produced:
    249
  • Retail Price:
    $ 22.00

Growing conditions:
FINALLY! 2012 HAD RELATIVELY NORMAL CONDITIONS, MINIMAL APRIL FROST, WARM TO HOT DAYS/COOL NIGHTS IN JULY AND AUGUST THEN A MILD INDIAN SUMMER IN LATE SEPT/EARLY OCT. EARLY INDICATIONS ARE THAT 2012 IS THE BEST VINTAGE SINCE 2007 AND POSSIBLY SINCE THE FAMOUS 1997 VINTAGE.

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested, then crushed into a stainless fermentor. 24 hours later, the must was inoculated with FX-15 yeast then pumped over twice daily for 17 days prior to pressing. After completion of malo-lactic fermentation, this merlot was aged for 22 months in French and Hungarian oak prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
Intense aromas of bing cherries and spices are complimented by a background of spicy oak. Rich flavors with layers of complex, supple tannins interlocking with rich oak flavors and a long, intense finish.

Cellaring:
While enjoyable now, this 100% merlot will continue to improve with proper cellaring for another 3-6 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2016-2020.

Food selection:
This elegant wine will compliment a large array of food dishes but is best with beef, lamb and ripe cheeses.