2018 MERLOT
Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Merlot 100%

Alcohol:  14.0%

pH:  3.58

TA:  6.1 g/L

Size:  750ml

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2018 MERLOT

Retail Price: $23.00

Merlot from the Wetzel Family Estate has a reputation for being a big, structured wine.

Merlot from the Wetzel Family Estate has a reputation for being a big, complex wine. First produced in 1984, this has been a classically structured wine each year, often showing as much tannin as our Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 2018 growing season began a bit cooler than the past few vintages, but we had a near- perfect fruit set with moderate summer temperatures and relatively few heat spikes. The mild weather led to a longer maturation period, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly. Harvest began on September 12 and the fruit had excellent flavors and balanced natural acidity.

We prune our Merlot vines heavily and drop fruit several times during the growing season so the remaining clusters ripen evenly. Winemaker Kevin Hall has found that fermenting Merlot at a slightly lower temperature than some of our other Bordeaux varieties maintains the lush flavors and structure. After fermentation the lots spend 14 months aging in a combination of French and American oak barrels.

This wine always impresses red wine lovers, and we refer to it as a Merlot for Cabernet lovers. There are spicy aromas of cassis, black cherry, plum, vanilla, oak and mild chocolate in the glass. This wine has broad mouth-feel with flavors of juicy red cherry, cassis, blackberry, plum and chocolate. This is a nicely balanced wine with a long, juicy finish.

Accolades:

2018:  91 points & Gold Medal - Sunset International Wine Competition
2017:  91 points & Best of Class Appellation - California State Fair Wine Competition
2016:  96 points, Chairmans Trophy  & Great Value - Ultimate Wine Challenge