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2022 Merlot

2022 Merlot
$28 wine club price - $22.40

Tasting Notes

Dark fruit dominates the nose. One of our darkest red wines, flavors of plum, blackberry jam, clove, cedar, and menthol are on nose. On the palate, a smooth finish, framed by well-integrated tannins, and bright acidity.

Vineyard Notes

Our Estate Merlot comes from head-trained vines planted in 1986, on a gentle north facing slope. These old vines produce balanced, elegant merlot, with ample concentration and tremendous depth.

Winemaker Notes

A blend of two blocks, one which provides freshness and the other concentration and depth, this wine is always the first of the Bordeaux grapes to be harvested. After being hand picked, the grapes were sorted and destemmed before being moved into a stainless steel tank for fermentation. After a 3 days cold soak, the grapes were fermented at moderate temperatures for 12 days. Press juice and freerun were combined for settling and aging in 100% French oak barrels for 15 months. The wine was racked once after ML and once for blending and bottling.

Wine Specs

Harvest Date: Last week of September, beginning week of October
Alcohol: 15.2
Cases Produced: 550

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2221 Fruitridge Road, Placerville, CA 95667
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