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2018 Merlot, Zayante Vineyard
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
100% Merlot
Appellation
Santa Cruz Mountains
Vineyard Designation
Zayante Vineyard
TA
5.6 g/L
pH
3.58
Aging
Now - 2026
Label Artist
Grady McFerrin
Alcohol %
13.4

2018 Merlot, Zayante Vineyard

There is something special about bordelais grapes grown in the Santa Cruz Mts.  This wine in fact is a bit of a time-machine, harkening to an earlier, less self-conscious era of the wine industry in California, when winemakers made wines to please themselves, rather than trying to make wines that they reckoned would be commercially acceptable or sexy.   (Does this oak treatment make my butt look pHat?)   Organically farmed, dry-farmed vines from high in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the hippie trippy Zayante area.  (Growing grapes there is real no picnic with the intense avian and deer pressure.  The degree of bird pressure is often a salient consideration in when grapes in the Santa Cruz Mountains are harvested.)


 

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Not a saturated color, (mercifully), but a medium-ruby hue, bespeaking appropriate maturity level at harvest and appropriate extraction post-.  The fragrance speaks of pink peppercorn and strawberry with a non-trivial amount of mintiness.  On the palate, a beautiful acidity (all natural, natch), with reasonably well resolved, soft tannins, and the wine finishing with a clean, long finish.  But, wait!  Giving the wine additional air brings more volume to the wine; it’s far more mouth-filling than upon opening.  (Suggestion: Consider decantation.)  There is little about this wine that proclaims, “California!” or “2019!”  And this is not a bad thing at all these days. 

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Not a saturated color, (mercifully), but a medium-ruby hue, bespeaking appropriate maturity level at harvest. The fragrance speaks of pink peppercorn and strawberry with a non-trivial amount of mintiness. On the palate, a beautiful acidity (all natural, natch), with reasonably well resolved, soft tannins, and the wine finishes with a clean, long finish. But, wait! Giving the wine additional air seems to bring more volume to the wine; it’s far more mouth-filling than upon opening. (Suggestion: Consider decantation.) There is little about this wine that proclaims, “California!” or “2019!” And this is not a bad thing at all.
Vineyard Notes
There is something special about bordelais grapes grown in the Santa Cruz Mts. It’s in fact a bit of a time-machine, harkening to an earlier, less self-conscious era of the wine industry in California, when winemakers made wines to please themselves, rather than trying to make wines that they reckoned would be commercially acceptable or sexy. (Does this oak treatment make my butt look pHat?) Organically farmed, dry-farmed vines from high in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the hippie trippy Zayante area. (Growing grapes there is real no picnic with the intense avian and deer pressure. The degree of bird pressure is often a salient consideration in when grapes in the Santa Cruz Mountains are harvested.)
Production Notes
Standard BDV protocol. Approximately 25% undestemmed fruit, a cold pre-soak and hand-punched down in small ½ bins with a 30 day/30 night maceration. The wine matured in older puncheon with minimal racking.
Food Pairing Notes
Rib-eye steak, flank steak or pork tenderloin au Marchand du Vin
Production
167 cases