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Ehlers Estate

2012 Ehlers Estate Merlot

2012 Ehlers Estate Merlot

Winemaker’s Notes: Another luscious, full, and rich Merlot that illustrates the full potential of the Ehlers terroir. A complex presentation of licorice, black raspberries, red currants, cappuccino, and chocolate cherries. The tannins are at once fine and chewy, and the bold, juicy structure of this wine is what has always made the Ehlers Merlot “a Merlot for Cabernet drinkers.”

Vintage Notes: 2012 was a great vintage in the Napa Valley. Early spring rains gave us just the water we needed to get the vines growing, then the warm weather set in right on cue. All summer long we enjoyed warm days and cool nights that were so beautiful it was almost too good to be true! A long mellow season with enough heat to polish the grapes and develop the flavors and no extreme weather events to compromise the valley-wide excellence. Every grape on the estate was picked at optimum ripeness.

Final Blend: 92% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc
Fruit Source: 100% Estate Grown
Farming: 100% CCOF Certified Organic
Oak Regime: 100% French Oak, 50% New
Primary Coopers: Nadalie, St. Martin, Baron, Demptos, De Jarnac
Harvest Date: September 26 – September 29, 2012
Bottling Date:  August 23, 2014
Production:  1264 cases Average
Maturity:  24.9 °Brix, 3.71 pH, 0.62 TA
Finished Wine:  14.2% alcohol

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