The Vice Merlot 2017 750ml
Batch #007 politely greets the nose with aromas authentic to an age worthy classic Bordeaux. On the palate, red fruits first tingle the tongue; then immediately layers of blackberries, plum, cedar and spice attack the mid-palette. Soft tannins disguise this wine like a spy, yet the finish is long, complex and well structured.
100% Merlot – Un-fined and unfiltered – 17 months in barrel
Alc 13.5% – Brix 25.1 – Maceration 28 days
Drink now – through 2030
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A wild vintage! The year began with abundant rainfall following a historic five years of drought. Three heat waves during summer led us to harvest earlier than expected on September 15th but luckily saved us from the wildfires and smoke taint that took over the region starting October 8th.
Located above 2000 ft of elevation, hillside with an angle of almost 30°. The early morning sun brings warmth to the mountain, but the maritime breezes minimize the heat in the peak of the day. Night time chill is moderated by the proximity to the bay. This has a moderating effect on the tannins in the grapes, leaving them assertive but fine, smooth in texture. conditions produce a bright liveliness to the grape that is felt directly in These cool conditions produce a bright liveliness to the grape that is felt directly in this Merlot.