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Merlot, Chalk Hill, Windsor Oaks, 2019

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Vintage Description:
2019 was a great vintage here in Sonoma County. After a wetter than average winter and super wet spring, the vines were delayed in budbreak and bloom by about 2 or 3 weeks. Summer was quite warm but even with the warm weather, we picked 2 weeks later than average for our Merlot block.

Winemaking Notes:
This Merlot comes from a beautiful vineyard that sits at the confluence of three appellations here in Sonoma County. The steep hillsides and varying sun exposures make for deeply complex and exciting wines. Our 2019 Merlot is no exception. This block was handpicked at daybreak in October of 2019 and brought to the winery very cold. From there we whole cluster carbonic fermented these grapes and kept them with no oxygen exposure for 8 days before unwrapping and foot treading and finishing fermentation with two punchdowns per day. We pressed off skins straight to barrel where the wine completed malolactic fermentation. We aged the wine in a mix of new and used French oak barrels before bottling unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Notes:
Merlot can be such a beautiful and powerful wine and so expressive of its terroir. This is a great example of that with aromatics of flourless chocolate cake, raspberry coulis, light-roasted coffee, dried oranges and hints of rose petal. The palate is lush and rich but also lively with great acidity to balance the tannins, fruit and earth tones. While this wine is quite delicious as it is, it will also decant quite well and will continue to open with a bit of air. This is also a wine to age and I would expect it to lay down for up to 10 years.

Download tasting notes here (PDF)

Bottling date: 09.07.2021
Oak/Stainless Profile: 100% French oak, 30% new oak barrels, 22 months.
95 cases produced.

$52 / Bottle

Vintage

2019

Varietal

Red

Appellation

Russian River Valley

Release

Current Release

Harvest Date

10.05.2019

Acid

6.0 g/L

Volume

750 ml

pH

3.61

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