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2017 Alexander Valley Merlot

2017 Alexander Valley Merlot
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$80.00
 
SKU: ETWME17
Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Appellation
Alexander Valley
Harvest Date
October 4 & 13, 2017
Acid
0.65 g/mL
pH
3.59
Aging
New French Oak & neutral French & American Oak for 15 months.
Bottling Date
March 22, 2019
Alcohol %
14.6
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
When Mark first tasted the 2017 Merlot on its own he knew it was a super star in the making. This wine has very dark purple hue that borders on opaque with an effusively fragrant nose of dark red fruits, cassis and ripe black cherry. Velvety, full-bodied and satisfying this wine offers mouth-filling flavors of ripe dark fruits, black currant and baking spices that linger in a long soft finish.
Vineyard Notes
Record-breaking winter rainfall kicked off the season, replenishing soils and ponds. A pleasant spring brought bud break at the normal time, and we welcomed small berries with excellent color. A hot summer came to a peak on Labor Day weekend but our grapes fared well and once cooler weather arrived, our red varietals were able to mature at a gradual pace which allowed full varietal characteristics to develop until the grapes were harvested in mid-October.
Production Notes
79% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, & 10% Petit Verdot
Other Notes
James Suckling score: 92 points
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