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Merlot 2018

New Release
A classic Merlot aged 10 months in French oak barrels.

Juicy and expressive with luscious notes of plum, red cherry, black berry and violets rounded out by cedar, oak, and slight smoke. Ripe and soft on the palate with firm, spicy tannins.

Pair with Blue and Full Flavored Cheeses (Camembert, Cheddar, Gorgonzola), Lamb Chops (Grilled), Olive Tapenade, Duck (Roasted), Mushrooms, Roasted Beef (Pot Roast, Prime Rib).
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Wine Specs

Vintage 2018
ACID 6.6 g/L
Varietal Chardonnay
PH 3.5
Residual sugar 0.48 g/L
AGING 10 Months Aging. 2-4 Year Old French Oak.
Alcohol % 13

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TASTING NOTES

Juicy and expressive with luscious notes of plum, red cherry, black berry and violets rounded out by cedar, oak, and slight smoke. Ripe and soft on the palate with firm, spicy tannins.


VINEYARD NOTES

Majority of the fruit comes from Seneca Lake vineyards. The Banana Belt is a portion of land on the east side of Seneca Lake that receives the greatest amount of sun coupled with a location that is nearest the deepest parts of Seneca Lake, thereby having a greater impact on temperature. The increased temperatures ripening red varieties very well. We blend 40% of fruit from Keuka Lake. Vineyards here are shallow, shale-based soils which adds minerality, acidity, and elegance.


WINEMAKER NOTES

Our spring started off cold as winter continued longer than normal. Warmer weather arrived in May and budburst began. July recorded some of the hottest and driest days in the Finger Lakes, perfect conditions for ripening. Several weeks of rain in September forced us to be very selective in the vineyard. Several tries through the vineyard dropping poor fruit before harvesting only the best quality bunches. The best vineyard managers and winemakers excelled in a challenging vintage.


VARIETY

100% Merlot.

VINEYARD

90% Seneca, 40% Keuka.

VINIFICATION

De-stemmed. Several Day Cold Soak.

VESSEL

Open-Top Stainless Steel. Temperature Controlled.

FERMENTATION

Traditional. 3 Times Daily Manual Punchdowns.

ÉLEVAGE

10 Months Aging. 2-4 Year Old French Oak.

ACCOLADES

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