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.

Fermentation

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.

Data

Blend:
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot

Harvest Dates & Brix:
Merlot - October 7th, 2010  |  25.3 Brix
Cabernet Sauvignon - October 17th & 19th, 2010  |  24.0 Brix

Production:
110 cases

Aging:
100% New French Oak for 20 months

Chemistry :
pH 3.82  |  TA 6.1 g/L  |  Alc 14.5%