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2012 Merlot

A vineyard note: Merlot is the first variety to be harvested from our Estate each year. For 2012, t’was a bit warmer year with acids falling quickly and harvest a full 3 weeks earlier than 2011. We picked with tame sugars in the 24%’s giving food friendly wine with alcohol in the 14%’s.
A winery note: After a destemming and light crushing we split the grapes into 2 fermentations. We just had to develop those layers of flavors! Lot 1 fermented with NDA21yeast which encourages fruity flavors while discouraging vegetal aromas (we prefer cherries to jalapeños, at least in Merlot). Lot 2 fermented with Melody (not sure the key, perhaps the uplifting C major). Actually Melody is a mix of 3 yeasts, 2 early fermenters to enrich mouth-feel and fruit impact (Kluyveromyces thermotolerans, and Torulaspora delbrueckii), and the third “normal” yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is a vigorous fermenter to completely devour all the sugar. All this mellowed married with vanilla and brown spices whilst in some new French oak barrels for 21 months.
A bottle note: Perhaps a G, for it is in a green bottle. Oh just tap the bottle several times as it is emptying, you’ll hit a G at some point. Oops, yet again I digress. This Bianchi Merlot is rampant in very upfront cherry aromas in the nose with an interesting touch of herb in the mouth. As one’s mouth is watering, a medium intense fine tannin tactility coats the palate followed by (at least in my experience) a long finish of cherry jam on medium dark toasted whole wheat. If one is patient, this wine could well last 3 to 7 years in one’s cellar.

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Food Pairings

If patience is not ones virtue (one could well be me), then imbibe this eve with dried-cherry/herb stuffed pork loin and haricots verts. Hummm, yummy.

Technical Notes

Varietal Composition:
Merlot 100%
Appellation:
Paso Robles
Residual Sugar:
.04
Acidity:
5 grams/Liter
pH:
3.6
Aging:
21 months in predominantly French Oak
Finished Alcohol:
14.3
Bottling Date:
October 21, 2014
Total Production:
717 Cases
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