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2016 Rolling View Vineyard Merlot

2016 Rolling View Vineyard Merlot
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SKU: 2016RollingViewVineyardMerlot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Willcox
Vineyard Designation
Rolling View Vineyard
Harvest Date
August 20
Acid
TA: 5.8 g/L
pH
3.80
Aging
Aged 4+ months in 50% new French oak (Alain Fouquet Cooperage) and 7 months in 100% neutral French oak barrels. Twice racked. Filtered, but un-fined.
Alcohol %
14.6
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
We often find ourselves rooting for the underdog at Chateau Tumbleweed, and Arizona Merlot is a truly worthy cause. This grape has a bad rap, sometimes deservedly, but most often not. We think our desert state makes special Merlot that not only ripens early enough to beat the monsoons, but also isn’t too jammy or overly opulent. Instead, the wines are restrained, showing more bright red fruit, earthy spice and focus. We’re always hunting for more AZ Merlot, but there isn’t much to be found. Thankfully, the Pierce Family has been willing to share small batches of their beautiful Bordeaux varietals with us. And thankfully, they’re doing such great work in their vineyard!
Vineyard Notes
Willcox AVA - 99% Merlot from Rolling View Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 20th - 1% Cabernet Franc from Rolling View Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 27th - Sugar at harvest: 25.3 Brix (24.6 on label)
Production Notes
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, 3⁄4-ton bins. Lot was left ~25% whole cluster. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (MT). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 13 days skin contact. Settled 4 days before barreling.
Production
48 cases
Other Notes
Drink now or cellar 5+ years
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