Wines

2015 Estate Merlot

  • Varieties:
    100% Merlot
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    24.5
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.7%
  • Acidity:
    0.69g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.44
  • Residual sugar:
    0.02 g/100ml
  • Cases produced:
    98
  • Retail Price:
    $ 24.00

Growing conditions:
Challenging! 2015: Early budbreak and erratic temperature swings. No frost, but cool, windy weather during bloom led to shatter in many varieties. Early harvest with excellent quality due to tiny berry size, while yields were miniscule due to the on-going drought and poor set.

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested, then crushed into a stainless fermentor. 24 hours later, the must was inoculated with RX-10 yeast then pumped over twice daily for 18 days prior to pressing. After completion of malo-lactic fermentation, this merlot was aged for 25 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 2021-2025.

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