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2014 Erratic Merlot

2014 Erratic Merlot
2014 Erratic Merlot

Klipsun Vineyard | 134 Cases Produced | 13.9% Alcohol

Timing was critical for the Merlot this year as flavors & sugars developed early. We hand-picked, whole clusters, in the cool early morning which were then sorted and gently destemmed as whole berries into 1.5 ton fermenters covered with dry ice and allowed to cold soak, with daily foot crushing, until native fermentation kicked off after 6 days. Fermenting cool (under 75F) with twice daily punchdowns until near dryness. 30 day post-fermentation maceration. Pressed to tank for 24 hours of settling and barreled down. Weekly battonâge (stirring) through native malolactic, then racked twice during elevage and once more for light polish filtration to bottling. Barrel aged for 28 months. 33% new French oak. 1 year of bottle age prior to release.

Tasting notes
This wine opens with vibrant notes of red cherry and red plums, followed by pencil shavings, leather, tar and dried violets. On the back end, with fine, dusty tannins, there is white chocolate and roasted chicory to help frame the lively, lengthy finish. 
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AppellationRed Mountain
Harvest Date09/05/2014
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/25/2017
Cases Produced134
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