2014 MERLOT

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $35.00
club price: n/a
available:Yes
cases:225
formats: 750mL
released:Aug 1, 2017
date profiled:Aug 18, 2017
region:Northern California
AVA:Bennett Valley
vineyards:Frostwatch Vineyard
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: Yes
brix at harvest:25.1°
alcohol:14.9%
fined:No
filtered:No
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:40% New  
oak aging: 19 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
merlot 100% Bennett Valley
 
 
Winemaker Brett Raven Notes
The wine was fermented utilizing indigenous yeast with a ten day cold soak, temperature controlled fermentation (84 degrees F) and post fermentation extended maceration, with warming to 89 degrees F. The wine was on its skins for a total of 29 days. On October 20th, the wine was drained and gently pressed in a hydraulic basket press and put into a mix of new and used French oak barrels for 19 months. Malolactic fermentation utilizing indigenous malolactic bacteria began shortly after barrel down and finished the last week of January, 2015. The wine was stirred and topped on a weekly basis during the three month period it was going through malolactic fermentation. The lees stirring contributes a silky yet full texture to the mid-palate of t ...more... he wine. After malolactic was finished, the barrels were topped and stirred on a monthly basis until February of 2016. On April 5th, the wine was then carefully racked and bottled unfined and unfiltered on April 14, 2016. The wine will be allowed to bottle age until its release next year. This wine exhibits raspberry and spice notes on the nose, with dense cherries, plums and blackberry on the palate. Further, the wine has great texture, with a silky mouthfeel that exhibits nicely balanced fruit with just the right amount of acidity for pairing with a variety of foods. The wine recently received a 90+ rating from the Wine Advocate.
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