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1998 Merlot Estate

1998 Merlot Estate

Winemaker Notes


Grapes were harvested on September 14 1998 from our Dry Creek Valley Estate property. After crushing the fruit, the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks with pump-overs twice a day and punch downs three times a day. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is racked to and aged for 18 months in French oak (35% new barrels).   After light filtration, total production was 2165 cases.


Tasting Notes


Aromas of jam, ripe plum and spice lend way to flavors of sweet allspice, plum, cola and berries. This is a medium bodied wine with light tannins and a lingering finish, to enjoy now or age for a number of years.




Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Alcohol: 14%
Blend: 100% Merlot   
Cases produced: 2400   
Production: 100% SS Fermentation   
Aging: 12 Months, American oak (18% new)