Matanzas Creek Winery Merlot Bennett Valley 2000

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The 2000 vintage of Merlot signals the future for Matanzas Creek Merlots. The traditional sourcing of Bennett Valley ...

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Owens Liquors
Myrtle Beach, SC (2,500 mi)
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12/08/2007

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2000 vintage of Merlot signals the future for Matanzas Creek Merlots. The traditional sourcing of Bennett Valley and Carneros fruit was complimented with fruit from Alexander, Knights, and Russian River Valleys. For the first time, the customary extended maceration was supplemented with lots that employed pre-fermentation "cold-soaks." This marriage combines the power of extended maceration with the suppleness and finesse of "cold-soaks": a technique most commonly used in Burgundy. Hand sorting of the fruit was also introduced as the next qualitative step in our Merlot craftsmanship. The final blend is 85% Merlot, which contributes the core of sweet cherry, dark plum and chocolate tones. The 8% Cabernet Sauvignon adds depth and cassis while the 4% Syrah provides suppleness and balance. In addition, the 3% Cabernet Franc provides its traditional cedar notes. This wine can be enjoyed now but will reward those who are patient for the next 6 to 8 years. PRODUCTION STATISTICS Average maturity at harvest: 24.7° Brix 6.49 g/l TA 3.47 pH Finished wine: 14.3% Alcohol 5.9 g/l TA 3.58 pH 18 months barrel aging in 100% French oak, 71% new Final Blend: 85% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc

The 2000 vintage of Merlot signals the future for Matanzas Creek Merlots. The traditional sourcing of Bennett Valley and Carneros fruit was complimented with fruit from Alexander, Knights, and Russian River Valleys. For the first time, the customary extended maceration was supplemented with lots that employed pre-fermentation "cold-soaks." This marriage combines the power of extended maceration with the suppleness and finesse of "cold-soaks": a technique most commonly used in Burgundy. Hand sorting of the fruit was also introduced as the next qualitative step in our Merlot craftsmanship. The final blend is 85% Merlot, which contributes the core of sweet cherry, dark plum and chocolate tones. The 8% Cabernet Sauvignon adds depth and cassis while the 4% Syrah provides suppleness and balance. In addition, the 3% Cabernet Franc provides its traditional cedar notes. This wine can be enjoyed now but will reward those who are patient for the next 6 to 8 years. PRODUCTION STATISTICS Average maturity at harvest: 24.7° Brix 6.49 g/l TA 3.47 pH Finished wine: 14.3% Alcohol 5.9 g/l TA 3.58 pH 18 months barrel aging in 100% French oak, 71% new Final Blend: 85% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Franc

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