Old Mission Peninsula
November 6, 2020
≈ 20.8 glu/fru
16 months French oak, 20% new
April 22, 2022
Aromas: dark chocolate, grape Jolly Rancher, plum, blackberry. Flavors: plum, blackberry, pomegranate, molasses. Finish: good acid, tightly coiled, good structure.
It was a cool spring, followed by an average to warm summer. Fall rains came early, and all the Merlot was harvested after a frost at the beginning of November.
The grapes were 100% destemmed and fermented in stainless steel fermenters for 21 days. The fermentation was 100% indigenous, both for primary and secondary (malolactic) fermentation. The wine was aged on lees for 16 months in 100% French oak, 20% of which was new. The remainder was a blend of 2-year and neutral French oak.