2010 REFLECTIONS MERITAGE
The 2010 Growing Season
Mother nature challenged vineyard managers in a high stakes chess match in 2010. A prolonged winter led to a delayed bud break and flowering. The season was relatively cool all the way into August, followed by heat spikes in September. An extended "Indian Summer" allowed full maturation of the clusters.
The grapes were gently harvested by hand in the early morning hours. After de-stemming, a three day cold soak was implemented in all lots. During primary fermentation, the berries were pumped over in traditional Bordeaux closed top fermenters one to three times per day. Upon completion, the young wine was immediately placed into new French oak barrels.
Notes From the Winemaker
A complex mix of ripe blueberry, mocha, and cedar with a hint of licorice. Ample tannins give the wine an impressive body but are still balanced in approach. A long sustained finish rounds out the wine.
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot
Harvest Dates & Brix:
Merlot - October 7th, 2010 | 25.3 Brix
Cabernet Sauvignon - October 17th & 19th, 2010 | 24.0 Brix
100% New French Oak for 20 months
pH 3.82 | TA 6.1 g/L | Alc 14.5%