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2018 Estate Merlot

2018 Estate Merlot

  • Varieties:
    100% Merlot
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles - Templeton Gap District
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  • Residual sugar:
    0.01 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    July 16, 2021
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  • Retail Price:
    $ 26.00

Growing conditions:
Late winter rainfall (all in March), light frost (whites) and cool spring/early summer produced great fruit set. Judicious thinning and warm days lasting into October led to an outstanding late harvest with excellent quality and yields.

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 13 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.

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.

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