2015 Wild Horse Merlot Central Coast

2015 Wild Horse Merlot Central Coast

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our 2015 Central Coast Merlot has aromas of fresh berry cobbler, baking spices, vanilla, and cocoa. The mouthfeel is nicely balanced with dark-red fruit flavors and soft, round, approachable tannins.
Vineyard Notes
This Central Coast Merlot is comprised of grapes grown in the Paso Robles (86%) and Monterey County (14%) viticultural areas (AVAs). Paso Robles is a wonderful spot for growing Merlot. The hot days and cool nights produce Merlot that is bright and aromatically fruit forward. The Monterey County AVA offers a slightly darker, richer texture. This blend of the two is super tasty and well balanced. The Monterey AVA runs 100 miles north of the Paso Robles AVA to just above Monterey Bay. Both the Paso Robles and Monterey AVAs have a large diurnal swing and a long growing season, allowing for flavor development, acid retention, and proper maturity.
Production Notes
After a warm winter, the 2015 season in the Central Coast began with an early bud break. A cold May led to a weak fruit set and a very light crop compared to previous years. But overall, there was ample ripening time, producing a variety of aromas and flavors in the grapes. The light crop led to an early harvest of stellar quality fruit.
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 to 20 days after yeast inoculation. The wine was racked off heavy solids to barrel for the completion of malolactic fermentation and then aged in a mix of French, American, and Hungarian barrels and racked twice during its 12-month cellar life.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine pairs perfectly with roasted fennel and pork tenderloin and grilled portabella mushrooms.
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Central Coast
Acid
6.5 g/L
pH
3.5
Alcohol %
13.5
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