2011 Whole Cluster Merlot
August 24 & 26, 2011
TA: 6.7 g/L
Aged 14 months in 33% new and 67% neutral French oak
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.
100% Yavapai County Arizona Merlot from Alcantara vineyards at 3,200 ft. elevation.
66% whole-cluster fermented fruit.
Drink now or cellar up to 7+ years.