Merlo

100% estate grown Merlot from Sonoma Valley AVA. Destemmed, manual punchdowns, aged in neutral barrel for 12 months.

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SKU: 1QDMMER18S
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Sonoma Valley AVA
Vineyard Designation
Olson Ranch
Harvest Date
10/10/2018
Acid
6.7 g/L
pH
3.45
Aging
12 months neutral barrel
Bottling Date
11/06/19
Residual Sugar
0.1 g/L
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
bright blackberry, cherry, plum, light cacao
Vineyard Notes
Olson Ranch was planted in 1994 by Phil Coturri. It is about 3.5 acres of cane pruned Merlot. Clone 181 Root Stock 5C. Gravelly loam clay soil. 500 ft elevation.
Production Notes
Destemmed, open top fermenters, punchdown 2-3 times daily until dry and gently pressed to neutral barrel to rest for 6 months. Racked to blend once and then racked again to homogenize for bottling.
Winemaker Notes
In 2018 the fruit came in in three batches, separated by a couple days each with moderate ripening between each lot. 23-24 brix in one of the best years ever for fruit make this wine a no brainer.
Food Pairing Notes
rack of lamb, mushroom pizza, ratatoullie!, blue cheese