Wild Horse Merlot

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Wild Horse Merlot
Color Red
Varietal Merlot
Year January 01, 2014

Tasting Notes
Aromas of fresh berry cobbler, baking spices, vanilla and just a hint of cocoa. The mid-palate is full bodied with flavors of delicious dark red fruits with soft, round, approachable tannins and a nice balanced mouthfeel. 91% Merlot, 3% Zinfandel, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec

Vineyard Notes
This Central Coast Merlot blend is comprised of 86% Paso Robles and 14% Monterey County viticultural areas. Paso Robles is a wonderful spot for growing Merlot with the hot days and cool nights. Merlot from the Paso Robles AVA is bright and aromatically fruit forward, while Merlot from the Monterey County AVA tends to be slightly darker and richer in texture. Both compliment the blend well making it super tasty and well balanced.

Winemaker Notes
The grapes were delivered to the winery in the cool morning hours. The fruit was gently crushed with varying amounts of whole berries and pumped into both open and closed-topped fermentation tanks. From here, they were yeast inoculated and then pumped over two times per day during primary fermentation. Pressing occurred 10-20 days after yeast inoculation. The wine was racked off of heavy solids to barrel for the completion of malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in a mix of French, American, and Hungarian barrels and racked twice during its 12-month cellar life.

Food Pairing Notes
The 2014 Central Coast Merlot pairs well with Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Fennel or Grilled Portobella Mushrooms.

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