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We have a wonderful terroir in which to grow Merlot. This new 2013 release is silky, yet voluminous with concentrated flavors of black cherry and bramble. Gold Medal, Orange County Fair.
Our new vintage follows many outstanding accolades our Merlot has been awarded over the years:
1995 Merlot - Gold Medal, West Coast Wine Competition
1998 Merlot - Gold Medal, Los Angeles County Fair
2001 Merlot - Best Merlot, S.F. Int’l (top over 322 Merlots entered - [See Full Details]
2001 Merlot - Double Gold, Riverside Int’l Wine Competition
2003 Merlot - Gold Medal, New World Int’l Wine Competition
2004 Merlot - Gold Medal, Los Angeles County Fair
2007 Merlot - Gold Medal, San Francisco Int’l Wine Competition
2010 Merlot - Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
French Merlot is championed in the costliest wines of the world., reaching giddy prices. Two affluent businessmen made the news by walking into Club 21 in NYC for lunch and purchased two bottles of 1982 Chateau Petrus (100% Merlot) for $16,640.
Review from Tastings.com (Beverage Tasting Institute, Chicago):
91 pts GOLD • Yorkville Cellars 2013 Rennie Vineyard, Merlot, Yorkville Highlands
"Violet color. Bright, interesting, spicy aromas of chocolate mint and berry tart with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, vanilla custard and nutskin finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. A rock solid merlot with lots of charm."
After a careful field selection and harvested on Oct 22nd, 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 before inoculation with Prise de Mousse yeast. Fermentation was held at a constant 80°F for 14 days and then the wine was gently pressed and racked to French oak barrels for aging. After 17 months the wines were settled, fined, and gently filtered before bottling. Lovely now, or hold up to 3 to 7 years.
Total Acidity: 6.4 gm/ liter
Residual Sugar: Dry
Fewer than 800 cases produced