NV MERLOT/MALBEC DESSERT WINEWine Match Special Selection

85% Merlot
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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $30.00
club price: $22.50
available:Yes
cases:168
formats: 375mL
released:Nov 1, 2011
date profiled:May 7, 2012
region:Northern California
AVA:Dry Creek Valley
vineyards:Tzabaco Rancho Vineyards
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: Yes
brix at harvest:Blended
alcohol:17.4%
fined:No
filtered:Yes
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:100% Used  
oak aging: 34 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
merlot 85% Dry Creek Valley
malbec 12% Dry Creek Valley
petite verdot 2% Dry Creek Valley
 
ships to: CA CO DC FL MA MN NC OR TX
 
Winemaker Janice Schmidt Notes
SILVER MEDAL – 2012 San Antonio Wine Competition SILVER MEDAL – 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition SILVER MEDAL – 2011 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Tasting Notes This beautifully balanced Dessert Wine pours with a deep, rich red color in the glass. This colorful richness follows through to the aroma which reflects a strong, raspberry fruitiness with deep warm spiciness. The strong fruity flavors are complexed with a beautiful symmetry of warming alcohol and balanced sweetness. Production Notes Our Dessert Wine took several years to create. First, we ferment several tons of Merlot to create a fresh, fruit forward wine that can be distilled quickly to retain this vintage freshness. Our distillers are the world-clas ...more... s St. George Spirits in Alameda, California who take this new wine and create lovely, varietal alcohol for the second part of this dessert wine creation. The following year we create a field blend of varietals to form the backbone of the wine. This, our first Dessert Wine, was created from primarily Merlot and Malbec with a bit on Petit verdot and Cabernet sauvignon for complexity. During the most intense part of fermentation, when the yeasts are rushing to ferment the sugars of the grapes into alcohol, we add our alcohol from St. George Spirits to stop the fermentation at the sugar level we desire. This addition slows and then stops the yeast fermentation and creates our desired alcohol and sugar levels in the final wine. Finally, this wine rests in barrels to harmonize the varietal attributes and add a bit of barrel ageing to balance the flavors. This Dessert Wine was barrel aged for 34 months in French oak.
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