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Jade Mountain Merlot 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Brims with dark-fruit expression reminiscent of ripe black cherry and juicy plum. The tannins play well with the dark chocolate-cherry notes on the palate and carry them through the persistent finish. A portion of the wine was aged in new Hungarian oak barrels to complete the flavor profile with caramel and spice nuances.

Region: USA » California
Winery: Jade Mountain
Color: Red
Varietal: Merlot
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Jade Mountain:
History Since 1988, Jade Mountain has been a pioneer in the production of age-worthy Rhône-style California wines. The winery was founded with the belief that carefully chosen California vineyard sites planted to Rhône grape varieties can achieve quality on-par with the best from the Rhône region in France. Jade Mountain creates world-class wines by pushing the limits of grape-growing and wine... Read more
History Since 1988, Jade Mountain has been a pioneer in the production of age-worthy Rhône-style California wines. The winery was founded with the belief that carefully chosen California vineyard sites planted to Rhône grape varieties can achieve quality on-par with the best from the Rhône region in France. Jade Mountain creates world-class wines by pushing the limits of grape-growing and winemaking for the extract, flavor and richness that comes with the California sun and its individual expressions of Rhône varietals. Terroir Only a few locations in California have the perfect combination of soil and climate for growing world-class Syrah. Paras Vineyard sits at the 1,200-foot elevation on the eastern side of rocky Mount Veeder, overlooking the Napa Valley. The steep, terraced shale slopes are ideal for Syrah because of the cool, yet sun-drenched, climate and low-vigor soils. The vineyard is farmed terrace by terrace, with each row individually cared for. This same care is used at each of the vineyards from which we source grapes for Jade Mountain's wines. The grapes are picked by hand, then fermented in small lots to retain their unique character. All of these factors result in meager production, but high-quality wine Read less

External Reviews for Jade Mountain Merlot

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/01/2013

Velvety and inviting, our 2009 Jade Mountain Merlot brims with dark-fruit expression reminiscent of ripe black cherry and juicy plum. "I added Petit Verdot for high tones of violet in the aromas and for its more firmly structured tannins, which complement the Merlot's plusher, softer ones," says Winemaker Domenica Totty. "The tannins play well with the dark chocolate-cherry notes on the palate and carry them through the persistent finish. We aged a portion of the wine in new Hungarian oak barrels to complete the flavor profile with caramel and spice nuances." - WineryVarietal Composition:88% Merlot12% Petit VerdotHarvest Dates: Late September to early OctoberBarrel Aging: 30% barrel aged for 7 months, 15% new Hungarian oakAppellation: California49% Mendocino CountyPaso Robles AVA in San Luis Obispo County4 % MontereyAlcohol: 13.5%Acidity: 6.0 g/LpH: 3.73Ageability: 2011 to 2014



Brims with dark-fruit expression reminiscent of ripe black cherry and juicy plum. The tannins play well with the dark chocolate-cherry notes on the palate and carry them through the persistent finish. A portion of the wine was aged in new Hungarian oak barrels to complete the flavor profile with caramel and spice nuances.

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