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2013 Merlot

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Merlot

VINEYARD

Suisun Valley

HARVEST DATES

September – October 2013

AGEING

Stainless Steel

ALCOHOL CONTENT

11.5%

TOTAL ACIDITY

5.5g/L

PH

3.55

WINEMAKERS

Alison Bauder
John Reyes

2013

Merlot

Appellation American

 

Price: $20.00

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Tasting Notes & Food Pairings

A delicious medium bodied wine that is ruby red in color. It opens with lovely scents of black cherry, blackberry and plum with a hint of raspberry and undertones of clove and cedar. It is perfectly balanced with a slight acidity, medium tannins and a silky finish. This wine pairs well with the following foods: Grilled meats, steak, stew, leg of lamb, tuna, swordfish, romano, parmesan, aged chévre, chestnuts, dark chocolate sauce, berries, chocolate torte, and fondue.

 

Vineyard

The grapes for our Chardonnay come from the Suisun Valley of California. The Suisun Valley has a generally warm climate and benefits from the cooling effects of moist ocean breezes that enter the valley via Suisun Bay. These winds cool the vineyards throughout the growing season. The grapes come from the vineyard of the Lanza family and their vineyard has been producing wine grapes since 1933.

 

Vintage

2013 was a near-ideal growing season in Suisun Valley, with a warm, dry spring fostering early budbreak and trouble-free flowering and grape set. Consistently mild summer weather free of rain or unwelcome heat spikes allowed our grapes to be harvested with an optimal balance of ripe, concentrated fruit flavors and lively acidity.

 

Winemaking

The 2013 Merlot was fermented in our Albany, NY winery using a yeast isolated in the Rhone region of France was used for its known contribution to mouth feel as well as aromas including ripe fruit, jam, and cedar. The wine was allowed to age, unfiltered, in stainless steel. Being unfiltered it is recommended that this wine is decanted when aged.

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