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2014 Merlot, Heritage Selection 1.5 LTRSonoma Valley
Continuing our new tradition of crafting powerhouse, limited-production Heritage Merlot from our historic vineyard, we proudly present the 2014 vintage. Now available in a limited release magnum.
Due to the limited availability of this item, the maximum order quantity is 1.
Continuing our new tradition of crafting powerhouse, limited-production Heritage Merlot from our historic vineyard, we proudly present the 2014 vintage. Yet, like all traditional things, this one requires time to fully appreciate its magnificence. Heady aromas of brambly dark fruits, purple flowers, mocha, graphite, and oak-driven sandalwood and spices emit from the full-bodied, muscular wine. Great acidity balances the weight and fine tannins to produce an elegant, although tightly-woven, elixir with exceptional length.
Eight miles north of San Pablo Bay, the Bundschu family's 158 year-old vineyard wraps around the southwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. The terrain features steep, southwest-facing hillsides of shallow, rocky soils of volcanic ash and alluvial wash. Pervasive maritime breezes and long daylight exposure allow fruit to develop intense concentration while retaining vibrant structure. Two distinct blocks of Merlot have consistently produced top lots with the greatest complexity, concentration and balance. Each vintage, the top five barrels from these lots are selected for this distinctive bottling.
3-to-5-day cold soak
Extraction through gentle pump-overs
Lees stirring for 4 months during secondary fermentation
- Merlot, Heritage Selection 1.5 LTR
- Varietal Composition:
- 85% Merlot
- 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 6% Petit Verdot
- 1% Malbec
- Sonoma Valley
- TA: 0.51 g/100mL
- Barrel Aging:
- 17 months
100% French oak, 60% new
- 17 months
- Alcohol %: