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Pope Valley Winery LLC

2015 Merlot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Merlot
pH
3.67
Aging
35 months in 30% new French oak
Residual Sugar
.72 g/l
Alcohol %
14.08

2015 Merlot

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SKU: 15MERL

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Softened from extended barrel-age, the 2015 offering is on the dark, dense-end of the Merlot spectrum. Framed by baking spices, namely cardamom, nutmeg, and clove, the wine's cassis core is persistent from start to finish. A touch of Manderin orange rind on the back end provides an unexpected aromatic lift.
Vineyard Notes
Our Estate Merlot is grown at our Eakle Ranch just a short drive from the winery. The 12 acres of Merlot planted in 2001 are in a vineyard rich with the soils enhanced by minerals produced by a faultline that runs adjacent to the vines. Lower yields particularly in the 2015 vintage gave us concentrated fruit that shows Cabernet-like structure with the distinct qualities that we all love in Napa Merlot.
Winemaker Notes
Berries were 100% destemmed to tank and fermented over the course of 18 days. Upon pressing, the wine was racked to 60 gal French oak barrels, of which 30% were new, where it rested for 35 months prior to bottling.
Production
205 cases
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Merlot
pH
3.67
Aging
35 months in 30% new French oak
Residual Sugar
.72 g/l
Alcohol %
14.08