2015 Merlot - Santa Ynez Valley

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2015 Merlot - Santa Ynez Valley

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2015 was the 2nd year we had worked with Merlot. This fruit was grown on the south side of Refugio Road just outside the town of Santa Ynez.  We were unable to continue farming the site we had in 2014 but were able to purchase grapes from one of the neighboring vineyards. Maybe Merlot is not the most fashionable of grapes, but it produces wines of profound character which Santa Ynez treats very well.  


The night-harvested fruit was fully de-stemmed and we were able to fill three fermentation bins.  Since we had three bins with the same fruit it gave us the opportunity to play around and treat each fermentation differently.  Nothing we did was avant garde but tweaking the use of punch downs and pump overs enabled me to learn a lot about how these techniques impact the wine.  After fermentation and pressing we aged it in neutral French oak for 16 months before bottling.

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