2012 "Blessed" Merlot

Gold Medal, 2017 SIP! McMinnville Wine and Food Classic. Silver Medal, 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. 87 points, Wine Enthusiast.

The 2012 “Blessed” Merlot is a small lot made from one and a half tons of berries from the “Salmon Safe” Steelhead Run Vineyard in beautiful Applegate Valley, Oregon.

Aged for 21 months in one-fourth new American Oak, one-fourth 2nd use French Oak, and one-half neutral French Oak barrels following native yeast fermentation. Rich and well-balanced, with notes of dark cherry, plum, leather and black pepper. Unfiltered and unfined.

92 cases produced.

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Wine Specs

Vintage 2012
Varietal Merlot
Appellation Rogue Valley AVA
Vineyard Designation Steelhead Run Vineyard
Harvest Date October 18, 2012
Sugar 24.1 Brix
Aging 21 months in two-thirds neutral French Oak barrels and one-third new American Oak barrels.
Fermentation Native yeast
Bottling Date July 8, 2014
Residual Sugar 0
Alcohol % 13.5
Wine Enthusiast 87

Wine Profile

Vineyard Notes "Salmon Safe" and LIVE certified Steelhead Run Vineyard, Jacksonville, Oregon, USA.
Production Notes Destemmed to bins on harvest day. Pressed at two bar after three weeks of fermentation in cool winery conditions, then racked to barrels. Fermentation completed in barrels then aged for 21 months.
Winemaker Notes Native yeast and natural malolactic fermentation. Unfined and unfiltered.
Food Pairing Notes Pairs well with meat sauces, beef, mushrooms and mild cheeses.
Production 92 cases.

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