2017 MERLOT
Limited Release
Napa Valley
$50.00  |  Club Price $40.00
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TASTING NOTES
This unique Napa Valley Merlot demonstrates concentrated aromas of cherry, boysenberry and cassis, layered with hints of mocha and vanilla. Similar flavors delight the palate, enhanced by firm structure and concentration. The tannins are silky and gracious, granting the wine a delightful texture.
250 cases produced


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WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
Technical Data: ALC: 14.6% by vol.; TA: 6.3 g/L; pH: 3.25
Cooperage: Aged for 22 months in 100% French Oak Barrels (30% New)

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested at night and brought to the winery in the early morning. The fruit was hand-sorted, all the way down to individual berries. However about 20% of the fruit was fermented as whole cluster, in order to add structure and tension to the mid palate. that were promptly placed into temperature-controlled fermentation tanks where they completed approximately 25 days of fermentation. The wine completed secondary fermentation and was aged for 22 months in French oak barrels (30% new).
VINEYARD NOTES
Oak Knoll is located in the southern part of the Napa Valley A.V.A., where relatively cooler temperatures mean grapes hang longer on the vines before reaching maturity. This additional hang time does wonders for flavor development, but the vineyards require attentive viticulture to ensure the fruit gets just the right amount of sunlight and water. Practices such as morning side leaf removal, which allows the morning sun to penetrate the vine but protects clusters from the harsh afternoon sun, and irrigation control, which helps maintain a healthy canopy of leaves, are crucial to getting our Merlot grapes to optimal ripeness.
VINTAGE NOTES
The 2017 vintage saw generous winter rains that refreshed ground water supplies and led to a cool, mild spring which prepared the vineyards for the summertime heat. Harvest began for Artesa on August 11 and moved quickly. A long, even summer ripening season ended with high temperatures in excess of 100 degrees for five days in early August. As a result harvest was completed for us by late September, weeks ahead of usual, and before the devastating fires that broke out on October 8. The 2017 wines show ripe, concentrated flavors and excellent balance.

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