Wines

2017 Estate Merlot

  • Varieties:
    100% Merlot
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    24.6
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.7%
  • Acidity:
    0.71g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.49
  • Residual sugar:
    0.01 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    January 14, 2020
  • Cases produced:
    107
  • Retail Price:
    $ 24.00

Growing conditions:
Above average winter rainfall, no frost and normal budbreak produced great fruit set. Judicious thinning and a warm summer led to an outstanding harvest with excellent quality and yields.

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested, then crushed into a stainless fermentor. 24 hours later, the must was inoculated with D80 yeast then pumped over twice daily for 14 days prior to pressing. After completion of malo-lactic fermentation, this merlot was aged for 24 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 2023-2026.

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