2016 James Joyce Merlot Central Coast

2016 James Joyce Merlot Central Coast
2016 James Joyce Merlot Central Coast
   San Benito County lies along the San Andreas Fault just beneath the Gabilan Mountain Range; neighboring Monterey County. The calcareous soils combined with warm days and mild nights provide the ideal growing conditions for Bordeaux varietals. The Teague Vineyard uses minimal irrigation, producing grapes with great intensity and consentration.
   These Merlot grapes where harvested by hand in the early morning hours. The grapes were de-stemmed and placed in small open top fermenters where they were cold-soaked for 4-5 days before fermentation began naturally. Primary fermentation lasted between 14-18 days before the wine was drained and the must was gently pressed. The wine was then transferred to 100% neutral French oak barrels where it finished malolactic fermentation. Once this fermentation was completed, a small sulfur addition was made and the wine was left to age sur lie for 16 months before being bottled un-fined and unfiltered.
Vintage2016
VarietalMerlot
Varietal Composition90% Merlot 5% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Cabernet Franc
AppellationCentral Coast
Acid6.5g/l
PH3.66
Alcohol13.90%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date01/31/2018
Cases Produced850
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