2015 Merlot - Santa Ynez Valley

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2015 Merlot - Santa Ynez Valley

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2015 was the 2nd year we worked with Merlot grown on the south side of Refugio Road just outside of the town of Santa Ynez.  We were unable to continue farming the site we had in 2014 but were able to arrange to purchase grapes from one of their neighbors.  Merlot has been beaten and abused which is so sad.  Maybe not the most fashionable of grapes it produces wines of profound character and Santa Ynez treats it very well.  


The night-harvested fruit was fully destemmed 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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