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Ponte Pietra Merlot-Corvina 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

Percentage Grape: 55% MERLOT 45% CORVINA<br/><br/>Growing Climate: The fruit for the Merlot Corvina is grown in vineyards situated next to the Soave zone in the Val d'Alpone. The Merlot is grown on the warm, sheltered plains, on clay soils and the Corvina in the foothills on tufaceous basalt soils. Both are in vineyards with excellent exposure to ensure complete ripeness.<br/><br/>Vinification Method: The grapes were hand harvested, de-stemmed, crushed and pumped to stainless steel tanks purpose-built for fermenting red wine. 25% of the juice was drained from the tank in order to increase the ratio of solids to liquid, which in turn resulted in a wine with greater colour and flavour. The wine was pumped over the cap every hour in the early stages to increase extraction further. It was left in contact with the skins for 4-5 days, and fermentation took place at temperatures up to 30°C. Once complete, the wine remained in tank until bottling.<br/><br/>Alcohol Percentage: 12 %

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Varietal: Merlot
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de Ponte Cellars:
De Ponte Cellars is the site of one of the oldest vineyards in the Willamette Valley. This scenic property up in the Dundee Hills was acquired by the Baldwin family in 1999 and soon De Ponte Cellars Winery was born. The name De Ponte comes from the matriarch of the Baldwin family, Shirley Baldwin. De Ponte, her maiden name which is of Portuguese origin, honors her father who grew grapes and ... Read more
De Ponte Cellars is the site of one of the oldest vineyards in the Willamette Valley. This scenic property up in the Dundee Hills was acquired by the Baldwin family in 1999 and soon De Ponte Cellars Winery was born. The name De Ponte comes from the matriarch of the Baldwin family, Shirley Baldwin. De Ponte, her maiden name which is of Portuguese origin, honors her father who grew grapes and made his own wine in California's San Joaquin Valley. Our tasting room is open 7 days a week from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Read less

Percentage Grape: 55% MERLOT 45% CORVINA<br/><br/>Growing Climate: The fruit for the Merlot Corvina is grown in vineyards situated next to the Soave zone in the Val d'Alpone. The Merlot is grown on the warm, sheltered plains, on clay soils and the Corvina in the foothills on tufaceous basalt soils. Both are in vineyards with excellent exposure to ensure complete ripeness.<br/><br/>Vinification Method: The grapes were hand harvested, de-stemmed, crushed and pumped to stainless steel tanks purpose-built for fermenting red wine. 25% of the juice was drained from the tank in order to increase the ratio of solids to liquid, which in turn resulted in a wine with greater colour and flavour. The wine was pumped over the cap every hour in the early stages to increase extraction further. It was left in contact with the skins for 4-5 days, and fermentation took place at temperatures up to 30°C. Once complete, the wine remained in tank until bottling.<br/><br/>Alcohol Percentage: 12 %

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