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Mercer Bros 2017 Merlot

Mercer Bros 2017 Merlot

This wine has a structural core of powdery tannins that are lifted with a touch of acidity. This big, bold Merlot will pair well with many dishes and has amazing aging potential.

Vineyard Sourcing

The grapes for this wine come from our estate vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills. The Merlot came from Dead Canyon and Zephyr Ridge vineyards, and the Syrah from our Spice Cabinet Vineyard.

Growing Season

The 2017 growing season was steady and warm, with harvest right on schedule from early September through mid October. The warm days and cool nights of September gave us ample fruit flavor development, ending with deep concentration balanced with bright acidity, and dusty tannins for excellent texture and finish. 

Winemaking

These grapes were picked and immediately sorted in the vineyard. The fruit was not crushed in order to preserve as much whole-berry as possible. At the winery, individual lots were fermented in stainless steel tanks. Twice daily pumpovers allowed gentle extraction of color and tannins. 20 month barrel aging in 25% New French and American Oak.

 

 

Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
Blend:
  • Syrah 14% 14%
  • Merlot 85% 85%
  • Malbec 1% 1%

Alcohol: 14.5%
T.A.:
0.44g/100ml
pH: 3.84