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2014 Hyde Vineyard Merlot

2014 Hyde Vineyard Merlot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Carneros
Acid
0.58g/100ml
pH
3.61
Alcohol %
14.7
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SKU: MRH14B
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$816.00
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The Carneros area is planted overwhelmingly with Chardonnay and Pinot noir, at 46% and 44% of the total acreage, respectively. And this is not without good reason as the climate is ideal for these two grape varieties. However, Carneros is a special, if not magical, place for Merlot. A place where the grapes can hang deep into October, developing additional layers of ripeness without losing the freshness and acidity that keeps wine moving on the palate.

We don’t fool around with Merlot. We went straight to Larry Hyde, who has been growing grapes in Carneros for close to 40 years and set up an acreage contract. Our block features a selection of Merlot from the historic “3 Palms”  vineyard planted on St. George rootstock. The quadrilateral cane configuration opens up the canopy for light penetration, and we leave only 1-cluster per shoot, so each grape cluster hangs freely and is never crowded by its neighbor.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Carneros
Acid
0.58g/100ml
pH
3.61
Alcohol %
14.7
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Exotic dark fruits predominate on the nose with blackberry and boysenberry along with layers of spice including fresh ground nutmeg and brown sugar. The palate features beautiful fruit sweetness, with notes of leather, blackberry compote and black tea. There is plenty of horsepower here, so additional time in your cellar will lead to pleasing results.
Vineyard Notes
We picked our 1.25 acres on 23rd of September and proceeded with what we know best, gentle Pinot Noir treatment (de-stemming without crushing and open-top fermentation) to coax out the expression of this unique site of beautiful red clay. After fermentation we aged the eight barrels (50% new) for 20 months prior to unīŦltered bottling.
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