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2017 Estate Merlot

2017 Estate Merlot
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SKU: 2017MERLOT

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
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Paso Robles
Acid
0.66
pH
3.44
Bottling Date
01/20/2020
Residual Sugar
0.05%
Alcohol %
15.9
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.
Vineyard Notes
The 2017 vintage saw our drought end with a bang. The wet soils delayed bud-break to a normal time frame and produced such a healthy vineyard that we saw canopy sizes and cane lengths we hadn’t seen in years. The summer began relatively cool but was punctuated by two heat spikes that accelerated ripening and produced intense flavors. The resulting vintage shows the health of the vines with a combination of concentration and freshness with bright acids framing powerful fruit.
Production
360 cases

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