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2017 Merlot Coquelicot

2017 Merlot Coquelicot
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SKU: 17MER
Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Santa Ynez Valley
Vineyard Designation
Coquelicot Vineyard
pH
3.44
Aging
French Oak, 20% New
Alcohol %
13
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Cassis, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, burnt sugar, toasty oak with aromas of ripe juicy berries, holiday spices, and caramelized sugar.
Winemaker Notes
This is our fourth vintage of Merlot from Coqulicot. The low valley planting is well suited to Merlot as it stays cold through the morning but gets very hot in the afternoon. Without sufficient heat, Bordeaux varieties retain an off-putting green bell pepper taste. Yet, if over ripe, the wine becomes dull as it looses its more delicate fruit aromas and flavors. The Ballard gravelly fine sandy loam soil is well draining which promotes deep roots that pull more trace minerals into the fruit giving the wine a deep, iron like, minerality. 2017 was a warm year causing low yields with highly concentrated fruit. This fruit was hand picked, cold soaked for 3 days, fermented for 18 days on its skins with wild yeast, and aged for 10 months in French oak prior to bottling.
Other Notes
Certified USDA Organic • Wild Fermentation • No Added Sulfites • 6 Barrels Produced