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2011 - Mt George Merlot

Located east of Napa, our Mt George Vineyard is the site of one of the first grape plantings in the valley in the 19th century. The deep soils derived from volcanic shale and tufa yield Merlot fruit of power and structure.


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Mt George Merlot
Vintage Notes What began with a wet winter and spring continued with rainfall into mid-June that delayed bloom and disrupted fruit set resulting in shatter in parts of the region set the stage for a long, cooler-than-average growing season with a later-than-average harvest beset with early October rain storms. This timetable continued through the somewhat cool summer season. Few high heat events occurred at any point this year, vine canopies were opened up to ensure sunlight, warmth and good air circulation around the grape clusters.
  • Varietal 100% Merlot
  • Appellation Coombsville
  • Vineyard 100% Mt George Vineyard
  • Skin Contact 12 days of skin contact
  • Oak Profile 16 months barrel age
    52% new oak
    New oak profile: 100% French
    Overall oak profile: 98% French, 2% American
  • Analysis 14.3% Alcohol
    5.62 g/L TA
    3.51 pH
    Bottled July 2013