2017 Merlot


Tasting Notes

Dried tobacco leaves, gravel, and blueberries dominate the nose. Clove, plum, and craisins intermingle on the palate, carried by black cherry throughout the finish.

Silver Medal, New York Wine Classic

89 Points, Wine Advocate

Production Notes

Estate Vineyard Block: 89% M1; 10% CF2 & CF3; 1% CS1

Tons: 7.23 Merlot; 6.4 Cabernet Franc; 3.1 Cabernet Sauvignon

YeastMerlot: W15 and BRL907; Cabernet Franc: FX10, RC212 and D254; Cabernet Sauvignon: D254, RC212 and BRL97

Cold Soak: Merlot: no; Cabernet Franc: 17 days;  Cabernet Sauvignon: 3 days

Fermentation Duration: Merlot: 9 days, 2 pumpovers each day; Cabernet Franc: 14 days, 2-3 punchdowns each day; Cabernet Sauvignon: 13 days, 2-3 punchdowns each day

Malolactic Fermentation: Merlot: Lallemand beta ML culture, ~3 months; Cabernet Franc: Chris Hansen ML culture, ~.5 month; Cabernet Sauvignon: Chris Hansen ML culture, ~2 months

Oak Treatment: Merlot: 6 neutral French oak, 12 4th-use French barrels; Cabernet Franc: Neutral French and American barrels, and 3rd-use French barrels; Cabernet Sauvignon: 5 older oak French barrel, 2 3rd-use oak French barrels

Additional NotesWine rested in barrel for 8-9 months

Technical Data

AppellationFinger Lakes

Varietal Composition: 89% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon

Brix at Harvest: 22

Alcohol: 13.1%

Residual Sugar: 0.2%

Acid: 5.5 g/L

pH: 3.59

Harvest Date: October 27, 2017

Bottling Date: August 8, 2018

Cases Produced: 482

Vegan Friendly: Yes

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2017 Merlot