Toasted Head Merlot North Coast 2010

Merlot | California | United States
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Country United States
State California
Region North Coast
Type Red Wine
Varietal Merlot

Our Merlot displays fragrant plum, cherry, and blackberry fruit aromas, with complementary scents of fresh herbs, vanilla, coffee, and toasted oak adding complexity. Medium-bodied and firmly structured on the palate, its fine depth of fruit and supple tannins make it both delightful on its own and a delicious accompaniment to food.

After the grapes are crushed and destemmed, we cold-soak the juice at 55 degrees F for 24 hours before inoculating the juice with a cultured yeast strain to instigate fermentation. The juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks at 85 degrees F for 7 to 10 days to fully extract color and flavor, before undergoing a secondary malolactic fermentation to soften acidity. To achieve this fruit-forward approachable wine, barrel aging takes place in 20% new American oak, primarily from Appalachian forests. Appalachian oak has a spicy flavor profile that complements Merlot without overwhelming it. The remaining barrels are two- to four-year-old American and French.

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