Grape Variety: 87% Merlot & 13% Malbec
Appellation: Napa Valley
Vinification: The Merlot grapes were cold-soaked for three days before the onset of fermentation. The fermentation was then allowed to reach a maximum temperature of 89 degrees F and pressed off the skins after six to ten days. The wines were then put into oak barrels where they underwent malolactic fermentation with 65% of these barrels being new and the balance being once-filled barrels. French oak Bordeaux barrels made up 87% of our Merlot barrels and 13% were American Oak barrels.
Ageing/Maturation: The Merlot was aged for 18 months before bottling
PlumpJack Merlot 2014
The 2013 vintage gave this wine aromas of bright, wild raspberry, black cherry, earth, and slate, with the barrels contributing some spice and smoke. The palate is full-bodied and rich, with bright and sweet fruits, such as raspberry and cherry. The wine then reveals earthy notes and finishes with dark chocolate. The robust structure and bright acidity give this wine great tension, balance, and a lengthy finish