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Merlot 2016

Rennie Vineyard

Merlot 2016
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"93 points" -

We Have A Wonderful Terroir In Which To Grow Merlot

Our new vintage follows many outstanding accolades our Merlot has been awarded over the years:

2016 Merlot - Gold/ Best of Class, L.A. County Wine Comp;  93 pts,
2015 Merlot - Double Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Comp;  89 pts, Connoisseurs' Guide 
2014 Merlot - 90 pts,
2013 Merlot - Gold Medal, Orange County Fair Wine Competition
2010 Merlot - Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2007 Merlot - Gold Medal, San Francisco Int’l Wine Competition <
2004 Merlot - Gold Medal, Los Angeles County Fair
2003 Merlot - Gold Medal, New World Int’l Wine Competition
2001 Merlot - BEST Merlot, S.F. Int’l (top over 322 Merlots entered);  Double Gold, Riverside International 
1999 Merlot - 88 pts, Wine Enthusiast
1998 Merlot - Gold Medal, Los Angeles County Fair; Gold Medal, West Coast
1995 Merlot - Gold Medal, West Coast Wine Competition

Bordeaux Has 2-1/2 Times More Merlot than Cab Planted

In California, Cab is thought of as the King. In France Merlot is championed in some of the costliest wines in the world, reaching giddy prices. Two affluent businessmen made the news a while back by walking into Club 21 in NYC for lunch and purchasing two bottles of 1982 Chateau Petrus (100% Merlot) for $16,640.

Winemaker Notes

Blend:  89% Merlot, and 11% Malbec.

After a careful field selection and harvested on Sep. 29th, grapes were gently crushed and put in open top fermenters, where they received three days of cold soak. The grapes were gently crushed, and cold soaked for three days. Fermentation was held at a constant 80°F for 15 days and then the wine was gently pressed and racked to French oak barrels for aging. After 18 months the wines were settled, fined, and gently filtered before bottling. Lovely now, or hold up to 5 to 8 years.

Wine Specs
Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino
6.9 g/L
17 months
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