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2016 Estate Merlot

2016 Estate Merlot
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The Midnight estate vineyard was planted in the spring of 1996.  Uncle Eugene was out visiting and his physical labor was of course enlisted.  He tirelessly and without too much complaint, helped button stake the Merlot district that now bears his name.  The Eugene District consists of eight acres and typically yields two tons per acre of very structured fruit.  The first Estate Merlot was produced in 2000 and is still showing well after 20 years. Extended maceration of up to 60 days lends itself to a very structured, age worthy wine.

Wine Specs
Willow Creek District Paso Robles
0.660 g/L
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This 100% Merlot is, as always, very dark in color and richly provoking with its nose of smoky, earthy, plum, and leather. The mouthfeel is full with structured tannin from the black fruit, ripe plum, earth, and mineral flavor profiles. Dense and dusty tannins carry into the impossibly long finish with a chalkiness that features the true influence of Midnight’s estate calcareous soil.
90 points Vinous
Vineyard Notes
The 2016 vintage started off with respectable weather through bloom and set. Our first bit of 100-degree weather came during the sizing phase which affected berry growth on many of our varietals. In September, the ripening was lengthened with the hot and cool temperature swings. Overall, winemakers are optimistic about the yields with no significant factors like freezes or prolonged heat spikes affecting the crop.
Production Notes
100% Estate Merlot
Winemaker Notes
“Merlot is the new Merlot!”
322 cases
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