Vintage Notes: In 2009 we were blessed by a mild spring with very little frost damage, compared to previous spring, which doled out six times the amount of frosty mornings. Late spring rains, along with lower than average high temperatures, helped reduce the need for irrigation. The cooler temperatures led to longer hang time which allowed a slow-and-steady growing season. The relaxed pace of harvest was abruptly transformed to rush-harvesting as early-season rain welcomed itself to the valley. Even so, the grapes were well-developed and ready to go.
Vineyard Notes: Our inaugural Estate Merlot is sourced from the Yverdon Estate, located at an elevation of 2,000 feet. Nine distinct blocks were selected on the estate and planted to two French clones, 181 and 348. In total, four acres are planted to Merlot. The best lots from these few acres are blended to create this spectacular Estate offering.
Winemaking Notes: The fruit was harvested over 4 days from October 6 to October 10. The grapes were destemmed and the whole berries cold-soaked for 2 days prior to fermentation. The wine spent a total of 18 days on the skins before the free-run wine was settled and racked to barrel for malolatic fermentation. The wine spent 22 months in French Oak barrels of which 45% were new. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Candied fruit and hints of toasted oak highlight the nose of this wine. This wine shows bright fresh raspberries and dried cherries on the palate; followed by soft, rich, toasty tannins. The finish is long, bright, and well balanced.
Cases Produced: 103