2013 Merlot

2013 Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Bright rhubarb fruit on the nose but surprisingly full in the mouth, juicy and spicy with hints of fall leaves, charcoal embers, and dark chocolate along with herbal notes of thyme, bay leaf and sage. This rustic and savory wine calls to mind an old-soul Pomerol. Time will be this wine’s friend as it displays considerable resilience for aging.

Vineyard Notes

Seavey’s 20th vintage of estate-produced Merlot, the 2013, was made from 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2013 growing season was marked by scant rain. A warm, dry spring gave way to ideal summer conditions, followed by a wonderfully mild harvest period which allowed us to patiently pick each block at full ripeness. Our hillside Merlot blocks were carefully handpicked in sequential rolling harvests starting at the top and working down, producing multiple small lots that were then separately vinified and aged.

Production Notes

Winemaking followed classic Bordeaux methods with whole-berry fermentation. In the cool of the early morning harvest, grapes were promptly de-stemmed and the uncrushed berries were gently transferred into fermentation tanks. In order to carefully manage the tannins and resulting wine texture, the grapes were neither crushed nor run through a pump. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (40% new) for 20 months before bottling in June 2015.

Napa Valley
93% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon
369 Cases
100% French Oak (40% new)
2016 - 2030
Alcohol %
Winemaking Team
Jim Duane & Philippe Melka

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