2005 MERLOT

96% Merlot
Clos Pegase Winery

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $25.00
club price: $20.00
available:None
cases:5230
formats: 750mL
released:Sep 1, 2008
date profiled:Feb 25, 2010
region:Northern California
AVA:Napa Valley
vineyards:96% Mitsuko’s Vineyard, ... 96% Mitsuko’s Vineyard, 2% Palisades Vineyard, 2% Home Ranch
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: No
brix at harvest:Blended
alcohol:14.7%
fined:No
filtered:Yes
oak type:35% French |65% Neutra ... 35% French |65% Neutral  
oak barrels:35% New  
oak aging: 15 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
merlot 96%
petite verdot 2%
cabernet sauvignon 2%
 
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low sulfite wine
Winemaker Shaun Richardson Notes
Budbreak for Carneros Merlot occurred in late-March through early April in 2005. Spring rain delayed flowering until the third week of May, about two weeks later than average. The remainder of the season was idyllic, with a mild summer – barely two days crossed the 100-degree mark in Carneros. In accordance with the late flowering and fruit-set, harvest was two weeks later than average, with the weather holding all the way through the end of October.

Fermentation was with the natural yeast, giving us complexity in flavor and a sense of ‘place’ from the vineyard indigenous yeasts. Our extraction regime encompasses 1/3 extended skin contact for intensity, 1/3 drain and return (delestage) for extraction, and 1/3 early press ...more... to retain the vibrant fruit. The 2005 wine was racked and blended in the winter of 2006, and racked again to build structure in the spring. In winter of 2007 the wine was racked up to tank to prepare for bottling after total elevage of 15 months in our caves before bottling in spring 2007.

Masses of blackberry and blackcurrant predominate on the nose, with elements of black and red cherry, spice, licorice, vanilla and a hint of cocoa. The palate is sweet and lush, with vibrancy, elegance and great length.
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