2014 Merlot, Heritage Selection

Sonoma Valley

Continuing our new tradition of crafting powerhouse, limited-production Heritage Merlot from our historic vineyard, we proudly present the 2014 vintage.

Due to the limited availability of this item, the maximum order quantity is 12.

$65.00
 
$780.00
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Tasting NOTES

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. Best with at least 5-20+ years aging.

Vineyard NOTES

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.

Production NOTES

3-to-5-day cold soak
Extraction through gentle pump-overs
Lees stirring for 4 months during secondary fermentation

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Vintage:
2014
Wine Type:
Varietal:
Merlot, Heritage Selection
Varietal Composition:
  • 85% Merlot
  • 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 6% Petit Verdot
  • 1% Malbec
Appellation:
Sonoma Valley
Acid:
TA: 0.51 g/100mL
PH:
3.71
Barrel Aging:
  • 17 months
    100% French oak, 60% new
    Nadalie
Alcohol %:
14.8%
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