2001 Merlot

2001 Merlot

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Hand harvesting of our 2001 Merlot occurred in early September from our Jardine vineyard. After being delivered to the winery in half-ton bins, the grapes were destemmed and gently crushed into a temperature controlled stainless steel fermenter. To extract color, tannins and flavors from the skins, we pumped over the must three times a day during heavy fermentation and then once a day until dryness. To preserve the fragile fruit flavors in the young wine, we then carefully watched the temperature, keeping it below 85°F as part of our Merlot fermentation protocol. Upon reaching 0°Brix, the wine was pressed and allowed to settle for a few days in the tank to allow primary fermentation to finish. Next, the wine was racked to barrels to complete malic fermentation. A final racking off the solids was performed before aging the wine for an additional 13 months in oak barrels. Then, to add complexity and structure, we added 24% Cabernet Franc from our Jardine vineyard. After blending, the wine was filtered gently and bottled.

Enjoy now through 2006.

Tasting Notes

  • Color: Medium cherry red
  • Aroma: Intense fruit flavors with a hint of toasted oak
  • Taste: Sweet fruit combined with very soft tannins, medium body
Other Notes
"Soft Merlot blended with intense Cabernet Franc, enjoy!" — Matthias Gubler, Winemaker
Wine Specs
Paso Robles
Harvest Date
Sep. 7 — Sep. 20, 2001
16 months in 30% new French oak barrels
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