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Merriam Vineyards

2012 Merlot Windacre Vineyard


Gold Medal - Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
90 Points - Ken's Wine Guide

Winemaker's Notes

Windacre Vineyard is a single vineyard on the east edge of the Russian River Valley that experiences cool morning fog giving way to hot days and dropping temperatures in the evening. Windacre is a great Merlot grape growing vineyard, very similar in temperature and soil types to the Pomerol region of France where the most famous Merlots are made. Replanting this two acre block of Merlot took place in 2005, using two clones 3 and 15.

Tasting Notes

Our 13th vintage of Merriam Vineyards Merlot. 2012 brings a deep dark purple hue. As always, this vineyard shows great notes of raspberry, dark dried cherry with notes of vanilla. A thick viscous mouth feel with flavors of cherry and casiss. Medium acidity, light tannins still young and “will age well.” Enjoy!

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 90% “Windacre” Merlot 10% “Windacre” Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.58
TA: 6.4
Brix (at harvest): 25.7
Barrel Program: Aged 18 months 100% French Oak 40% New
Production: 400 cases

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2012 Merlot Windacre