2021 Merlot

$25.00

Boasting smooth, black cherry flavor with a hint of oak, this wine pairs best with garlic, basil, oregano, and rosemary in bold-flavored Italian dishes such as lasagna, and bolognese.  It also pairs well with wild game, especially elk.

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Production:  95 cases

In the Vineyard

The disastrous freeze in October 2020 left us without Merlot from our estate vineyard nor was there any Merlot available within Colorado.  For the first time in 30 years of grape growing and winemaking we sourced grapes from out of state.  Searching for the climate most similar to ours led us to eastern Washington.  The grapes arrived refrigerated on September 10.  Two thirds were crushed and one third remained whole berry.

Brix: 25
pH:4.01
Titratable Acidity: 3.7g/l

In the Cellar

Following some acidity adjustments, the lots are inoculated with two separate yeast strains, one to extract additional color and one enhance the back cherry flavor component.  As the caps form, punchdowns are done 4 times daily.  The malo-lactic fermentation is encouraged and upon completion the wine is barreled down in older French and American oak.  Following 29 months of barrel aging the wine is blended filtered and bottled for release in March of 2024.

At Bottling:

Brix:  0.04
pH:3.80
Titratable Acidity: 6.0g/l

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