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Coquelicot Estate Vineyard

2017 Estate Merlot Reserve

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

pH                    3.48

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.


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