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Oak Farm Vineyards

2017 Merlot (Estate Grown)

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2017 Merlot (Estate Grown)
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Lodi
Harvest Date
9/2/17
Acid
7.5 g/L
pH
3.4
Aging
Oak Barrels
Fermentation
Inoculated
Bottling Date
6/18/19
Residual Sugar
0.31%
Alcohol %
15.5
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This Merlot has notes of dark cherry, dark chocolate, and vanilla spice. It has a big mouth-feel that balances ripe red fruit, round tannins, and all spice. All these layers lead to full bodied, elegant, and complex wine.
Vineyard Notes
Estate Vineyard to the west of our tasting room and production facility. Bilateral cordon trained into vertical shoot position (VSP). Clone 3 on 5BB rootstock. Planted in 2014, the vines are young and full of energy. Pruning and shoot thinning were done to keep cluster counts in balance, leaves were pulled on the north side of the vine as the rows oriented east to west. 2017 was the first vintage we harvested fruit from this vineyard. The vineyard is sustainably farmed and certified green under Lodi Rules.
Winemaker Notes
These grapes were shoot thinned, cluster thinned and leaves were pull during the growing season. Grapes were hand-picked and then delivered to Oak Farm Vineyards on September 7th, 2017. Upon receiving the grapes, they were hand sorted at the winery and then de-stemmed to tank where they received a cold soak. The must was inoculated and fermentation was done in tank with regular timed pump overs. This wine was aged in 25% New, Hybrid barrels French & American oak and the rest was aged in neutral oak.
Production
Cases: 503