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2010 Merlot

2010 Merlot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2010
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Spring Mountain
Alcohol %
15

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The aromatics of this Merlot are full of mixed berries and black cherry with hints of cocoa, cedar, black pepper, and tobacco leaf. On the mouth, vibrant fruit shows off a richly layered mid-palate and lingering black fruit finish.

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VINTAGE AND WINEMAKER'S NOTES: The 2010 vintage started out with a very mild spring which continued into summer. The summer months were unusally cool until a heat wave in the early fall kicked harvest off. The pace of harvest was very relaxed, lasting over eight weeks from the start of white varieties to the last Cabernet berry. Because the growing season was so long, the vines achieved full phenolic maturity, giving the tannins a level of textural elegance unsurpassed in normal vintages. Our Merlot in particular had a very aggressive tannin backbone requiring a counterintuitive blending of some of our Legacy Block Cabernet to soften and round out the mouthfeel. The aroma of this vintage is full of mixed berries and black cherry with hints of cocoa, cedar, black pepper, and tobacco leaf. On the mouth, vibrant fruit shows off a richly layered mid-palate and lingering black fruit finish.

VARIETAL PERCENTAGE: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

AGE OF VINES AND SOIL TYPE: 5-25 year old vines planted in deep volcanic soils at a 2000' elevation

DATE PICKED: 10/12/10 – 10/19/10

AVERAGE HARVEST SUGAR: 27.2 degrees Brix

AVE. FERMENTATION TIME/TEMPERATURE RANGE:  15 days, 64–86 F

FERMENTATION CONTAINER/MACERATION: Open fermentation in small containers, punched down twice a day.

ANALYSIS AT BOTTLING

Alcohol: 15.4%       pH: 3.54     TA: 0.62 g/L      VA: 0.56 g/L      R.S.: Dry 

LENGTH/TYPE OF AGING: 32 months in 60 gal Oak barrels: 45% new French Oak, 55% 2–3 year old French Oak.

BOTTLED: May 2013

APPROXIMATE LIFESPAN (under proper cellar conditions): 15+ years.

CASES PRODUCED: 248 cases

Wine Specs
Vintage
2010
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Spring Mountain
Alcohol %
15

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