2014 The Nth Degree Merlot
Showing a vibrant red color, this Merlot has aromas of ripe cherry compote are complemented by flavors of herbs, crushed rose petals, and crème brulee leading to a well-balanced wine with bold tannins.
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Our Nth Degree Merlot is sourced exclusively from select blocks of our estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay AVA. With the Livermore Valley’s unique East-West orientation, well-drained rocky soils, and unique micro-climates, our sustainably farmed vineyards are located in the most desirable hillside settings with exposures ideal for growing Merlot of distinct character, depth and intensity.
Select blocks of these premier estate vineyards are selected for The Nth Degree program because of their consistent production of exceptional fruit. These elite blocks receive the utmost care and attention. They are farmed to the “Nth Degree”; every vine receives at least fifteen passes by hand, whereby leaves, shoots and clusters are removed to ensure the grape clusters remaining at the time of harvest are of the highest quality. The water is managed so that the vines are perfectly balanced with the correct amount of growth to fully ripen the berries for the optimal level of flavor. The grapes are then hand harvested in the early morning into half ton bins and hand sorted and crushed into small stainless steel fermenters.
Fermentation took place in small stainless steel and gently pumped over twice daily.
Each variety was aged separately in French and neutral oak barrels for 3 months, then blended and aged for an additional 17 months in 70% new French and 30% neutral French oak barrels.