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2011 Whole Cluster Merlot

2011 Whole Cluster Merlot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Merlot
Vineyard Designation
Alcantara Vineyards
Harvest Date
August 24 & 26, 2011
Sugar
26.1
Acid
6.7 g/L
pH
3.69
Aging
14 months
Fermentation
Whole-cluster
Alcohol %
13.9
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100% Yavapai County Arizona Merlot from Alcantara vineyards at 3,200 ft. elevation.

Harvested August 2011 at 26.1 Brix. 66% whole-cluster fermented fruit.

Aged 14 months in 33% new and 67% neutral French oak. 13.9% Alcohol, 66 cases produced.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Merlot
Vineyard Designation
Alcantara Vineyards
Harvest Date
August 24 & 26, 2011
Sugar
26.1
Acid
6.7 g/L
pH
3.69
Aging
14 months
Fermentation
Whole-cluster
Alcohol %
13.9
Wine Profile
Production Notes
Winemaker: Joe Bechard
Winemaker Notes
Due to extremely limited supply, the only Yavapai County (Northern Arizona) fruit we’ve been able to source in our first four years. From Alcantara Vineyards (at the confluence of Oak Creek and the Verde River in Cottonwood) this 66% whole-cluster fermented Merlot is built more like a Nebbiolo. Lighter in color and body, but intensely grippy, tannic and earthy with incredible acid balance. Let it open a bit and the classic Merlot character and cooler, Northern AZ influence pop out. Only 3 barrels produced. Drink now or cellar up to 7+ years.
Other Notes
Winemaker: Joe Bechard
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