2017 Estate Merlot Reserve
Reserve Merlot, 2017
Vineyard Coquelicot Organic Estate Vineyard
AVA Los Olivos District (Santa Ynez Valley)
Harvested September 24 - October 6, 2017
Soil Series Positas fine sandy loam
Brix Avg brix 23º brix
Bottled March 2018
Released May 2018
Fermentation: The grapes were destemmed into 2 ton open top fermenters without sulfur. Native primary fermentation began within four days. The wine was pumped over twice daily for first week then decreased to once daily. Upon completion of primary fermentation (14 days) the wine was pressed to tank then racked to barrel after settling overnight.
Aging and Bottling: 16 months in barrel. Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Ingredients: Hand harvested, organically farmed grapes, indigenous yeast, naturally occurring lactic acid bacteria and minimum effective SO2.
Tasting Note: On the nose the wine is cherry, fig, clove, with undertones of vanilla. The grape tannins are nicely integrated, dense concentrated fruit without any new oak influence. The finish is lengthy and everlasting.