2017 Merlot Coquelicot
Santa Ynez Valley
French Oak, 20% New
Cassis, blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, burnt sugar, toasty oak with aromas of ripe juicy berries, holiday spices, and caramelized sugar.
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.
Certified USDA Organic • Wild Fermentation • No Added Sulfites • 6 Barrels Produced