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2004 Reserve Merlot

2004 Reserve Merlot

Winemaker Notes

This wine is 100% Merlot from our Alexander Valley property. Grapes were harvested on September 12, 2004. After crushing the fruit, the juice was fermented is 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 (50% new barrels).   After light filtration, total production was 115 cases.

Tasting Notes

An elegant nose of black fruits, cedar, and tobacco with hints of vanilla with flavors of black cherry, tar, and chocolate, with anise notes. Full bodied with firm chewy tannins and a long finish.

Statistics

Appellation:   Alexander Valley
Harvest Date:   9-12-04
Sugar at Harvest:   23.9° Brix
Blend: 1  00% Merlot from Alexander Valley
Alcohol:   14.5%
Yeast:   Pasteur Red
Titratable Acidity:   .68g/100ml
pH at Bottling:   3.42
Cases Produced:   115
Bottle Date:   6-23-06
Release Date:   October 2008