2015 Merlot

Full ripeness and aging in newer French oak barrels give this wine flavors of sweet dark fruit. This Merlot is a beautiful representation of the quality of our Cayuga Lake vineyard and the cool climate of the Finger Lakes.

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Print Wine Notes
Wine Type:Red Wine
Varietal Composition:
13%Cabernet Sauvignon
1%Cabernet Franc
Appellation:Finger Lakes
Harvest Date:10/17/2015
Acid:6.3 g/L
Bottling Date:09/01/2016
Residual Sugar:.2%
Alcohol %:13%

Tasting Notes

A complex nose of brambleberry fruit and herbal notes meld into vanilla and red cherry in the mouth. Soft tannins and white pepper round out the finish.

Winemaker Notes

1 ton of Merlot fruit was harvested on October 17, 2015 (21.4 Brix, pH of 3.35). The grapes were crushed and destemmed into a wooden bin. They were inoculated with BM45 yeast, and fermented for 8 days with 1 punch down per day, and were pressed on 10/26/15 with the wooden basket press. 10 days later, the wine was racked into 1 3rd-use French barrel and 1 4th-use French barrel. The remaining Merlot was combined with an equal volume of Cabernet Sauvignon in an additional neutral French oak barrel. ML fermentation finished by mid December. The final Merlot blend had 91 gal of the 2 barrel blend and 28 gallons of the combined Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon barrel.

The Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested on 11/10/15, and the Cabernet Franc was harvested on 10/27/15.

The wine was racked from barrel and blended on August 3, 2016, after 8-9 months barrel aging, and was chilled to 35F for 2 weeks for cold stabilizationIt was filtered and bottled on 09/01/16.

This wine is vegan friendly.

48.4 cases were produced.

Food Pairing

Classic dishes for a classic wine, try beef wellington or a rich meat lasagna with the 2015 Merlot. Alternatively, a Mediterranean dish of lamb burgers spiced with sumac and sesame seeds would be a lovely companion to the soft suppleness of the wine.

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