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Ghost Pines Merlot 750ml

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A blend of fruit from Sonoma and Napa, our Merlot is layered with flavors of dark berries, licorice and espresso alongside lots of richness, full-bodied structure, and desirable length. In addition to these flavors, you’ll taste hints of cigar paper, cocoa, caramel and nutmeg wrapped around a remarkably smooth mid-palate full of velvety texture and depth. On the long finish, you’ll find suggestions of toasty oak, mouth-filling black fruit, and cola framed by plush tannins.

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Description

Ghost Pines knows no boundaries. Without the restriction of traditional winegrowing boundaries, we source grapes for Ghost Pines wines solely for quality and flavor from wherever we find the best fruit. Though sourcing changes from year to year, this philosophy delivers wines of consistent quality with a distinct combination of richness, smoothness and balance that could never be mistaken for ordinary. Named for the indigenous Gray Pines dotting Northern California’s hillsides, Ghost Pines embodies the progressive spirit of California winemaking and inspires a sense of individuality.

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Weight 3 lbs
Grapes

Ghost Pines knows no boundaries. Without the restriction of traditional winegrowing boundaries, we source grapes for Ghost Pines wines solely for quality and flavor from wherever we find the best fruit. Though sourcing changes from year to year, this philosophy delivers wines of consistent quality with a distinct combination of richness, smoothness and balance that could never be mistaken for ordinary. Named for the indigenous Gray Pines dotting Northern California’s hillsides, Ghost Pines embodies the progressive spirit of California winemaking and inspires a sense of individuality.

86% Sonoma County
In 2013 Sonoma saw stable, dry conditions that allowed fruit to achieve full ripeness after generous hang time free from the threat of rain. The region’s darkly fruited Merlot gives our wine generous body, seen in its plush midpalate and polished character. Look for dense flavors of black plum, cola and mocha.

14% Napa County
Mild weather and consistent temperatures in Napa set the pace for classically flavored Merlot with black cherry, coffee and humidor notes. The Napa fruit’s monumental structure seamlessly integrates with French and American oak in a wine that offers elegant notes of toast and stellar varietal character.

Palate

Working without sourcing constraints, our winemakers selected Merlot clusters contributing layered flavors of dark berries, licorice and espresso alongside lots of richness, full-bodied structure, and desirable length. In addition to these flavors, you’ll taste hints of cigar paper, cocoa, caramel and nutmeg wrapped around a remarkably smooth mid-palate full of velvety texture and depth. On the long finish,
you’ll find suggestions of toasty oak, mouth-filling black fruit, and cola framed by plush tannins.

Winemaking

Each lot of our Ghost Pines Merlot was fermented under a unique set of conditions designed to showcase the fruit’s outstanding quality. Some lots were cold soaked to amplify their fresh fruit flavors, while others were fermented at higher temperatures to encourage depth of structure and denser, jammier flavor characteristics in the finished wine. To ensure balance, lots with ripe seeds and soft skin tannins
were macerated for an extra week post-fermentation for added breadth and mouthfeel.
In all, our Merlot saw up to 15 months’ aging in a combination of French and American oak, which
contributed additional layers of aroma and flavor, including notes of sweet caramel and vanilla. Our
winemakers added Petite Sirah to the blend to intensify the wine’s dark fruit notes and spice component.

Stats

Varietal Content: 94% Merlot, 6%Petite Sirah
Alcohol Level: 14.5%
Appellation: 86% Sonoma County, 14% Napa County
Titratable Acidity: 0.57g/100ml
Residual Sugar: 0.3g/100ml
pH: 3.6
Oak: Medium, Medium-Plus Toast Levels

Accolades

2015 – 90 Points: The Tasting Panel, October 2015 – 2013 Vintage
2013 – 90 Points: The Tasting Panel, April 2013 – 2010 Vintage

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Seller Information

  • Store Name: LIC Wines and Liquors
  • Seller: Vik Singh
  • Address: 4480 21st St.
    Store B
    Long Island City, NY 11101
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