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2013 Merlot Proprietor's Reserve

2013 Merlot Proprietor's Reserve
Double Gold, 2016 Seattle Wine Awards

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SKU: 13MERV
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Columbia Valley
Acid
5.83 g/L
pH
3.56
Aging
19 months in 45% new French Oak
Residual Sugar
0.01%
Alcohol %
14.4
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Fruit-forward throughout with flavors of raspberry, cherry and a hint of cedar on the nose. This reserve merlot is balanced and food-friendly with a bright finish.
Awards
Double Gold, 2016 Seattle Wine Awards
Vineyard Notes
Sourced from two award-winning vineyards- this Merlot is comprised of fruit from 83% Eagle Ranch Vineyard and 17% Klipsun Vineyard.
Winemaker Notes
Throughout harvest, Winemaker Richard Batchelor worked closely with local growers and visited each vineyard to taste for maturity and ripeness to determine the precise moment to pick the fruit. Grapes were hand-harvested during the cool hours of the morning to preserve bright fruit notes. Each lot underwent a five day pre-fermentation cold soak before the tank was allowed to go through a native fermentation to dryness in about 21 days. Only the free run juice was collected to craft this wine, no press fraction was used in the making of this wine. This wine was then aged in French oak barrels for 19 months. For the first year this wine was stirred in barrel on its lees to enhance mouthfeel and racked when necessary to soften the tannins. After the first 12 months the wine was racked off the lees for clarity before bottling.
Production
Cases produced: 292