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Winemaker's Notes: Our 2007 vintage displays classic Merlot attributes: bright, ripe black cherry and plum aromas with subtle notes of spice and chocolate soft, juicy, balanced flavors " and a smooth, supple texture with well-rounded tannins and bright acidity. The wine’s exceptional character comes from choice Central Coast grapes, primarily from Monterey County, a region that provides the temperate climate, cool breezes and moist alluvial soils that Merlot loves. We blended the Merlot with 19% Syrah for added color and richness, and enhanced the wine’s pure fruit flavors with just a hint of oak for roundness and complexity. 2007 HARVEST: The 2007 growing season was another cool and dry one on California’s Central Coast. Flowering was slightly on the early side, which would indicate a lighter crop level. The summer alternated between cool and cold temperatures, resulting in clusters smaller than usual across all varieties and crop levels slightly lower than in previous years. Concentration of flavors and color was very good, however. VITICULTURE: Approximately 79% of the grapes for our 2006 Merlot came from vineyards in the Monterey County American Viticultural Area (AVA). Paso Robles provided 15% of the grape sourcing, which offered high-quality fruit that truly expressed the volume and color Central Coast Merlot can possess. A small percentage of fruit grown in warmer North Coast regions added richness and roundness in the mouth. WINEMAKING: After we gently crushed and destemmed the fruit, we fermented the must in temperature-controlled tanks at 85°F. Following fermentation, the wine was left on the skins for 12 days to soften tannins and develop complexity. Malolactic fermentation enhanced roundness and depth. Aging in tank and barrel (20% new French oak) for 14 months retained the wine’s vibrant fruit character while adding richness and complexity and softening tannins.