Turnbull Merlot Oakville 2004
Brix: 25.2˚- 27˚ Fermentation: Stainless steel fermenters, 13 days average maceration Time in oak: Aged 13 months in 32% new French oak barrels Alcohol: 14% Production: 1,176 cases Suggested Retail Price: $35 per bottle The battle rages on in my head: the angelic me on a soapbox of fluffy white clouds, extolling the virtues of well made Merlot. Some devilish guy named Miles whispers in my ear, “well Jon…so now you’re the self-proclaimed champion of the underdog Merlot – how sweet, how…pathetic!” Heavenly strains of “If lovin’ you is wrong I don’t wanna be right” mix with aromas of warm cinnamon spice and cherry – a kind of sweet, dark berry compote on high; virtuous tannins are soft and round, but of course, cleansing; Vineyard % by Vineyard Turnbull 34% Fortuna 34% Skellenger 26% Weitz 6% Variety % by Variety Merlot 98% Cabernet Franc 2%
At Turnbull Wine Cellars we craft our award-winning wine using fruit sourced from our five stellar estate vineyards in Oakville and Calistoga. This diversity of fruit sourcing and exemplary viticultural work allows our winemaking team the ability to create wines with distinctive flavors that capture the personality of each site. Soils vary from deeper alluvial fans on the valley floor to the shallow, volcanic and rocky structures of the hillsides.