Wente Vineyards Merlot Arroyo Seco 2002

Winemaker's Notes:

Fermentation Each vineyard was harvested separately and fermented in upright fermenters. Rack and return was performed twice daily. Rack and return is the process of draining all of the free-run juice off of the cap, then pumping the free-run juice back over the top of the fermenter. This method increases color and tannin extraction and improving mouthfeel through the integration of oxygen. Aging Each blend was aged separately, with part in neutral French and American oak barrels and part in stainless steel.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Merlot
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Wente Vineyards:
Founded more than 125 years ago, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, the winery maintains its leadership role in California winegrowing under ownership and management by the Fourth and Fifth Generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from approximately 3,000 acres of sustaina... Read more
Founded more than 125 years ago, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, the winery maintains its leadership role in California winegrowing under ownership and management by the Fourth and Fifth Generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from approximately 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed Estate vineyards to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining and championship golf. Read less
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Tasting Notes:

This Merlot is bursting with the red cherry, blackberry, black tea, and a creamy vanilla from the time in barrels. On the mouth, the fruit is certainly the dominant player, as the vanilla and the herbal tea are in the background.

Fermentation Each vineyard was harvested separately and fermented in upright fermenters. Rack and return was performed twice daily. Rack and return is the process of draining all of the free-run juice off of the cap, then pumping the free-run juice back over the top of the fermenter. This method increases color and tannin extraction and improving mouthfeel through the integration of oxygen. Aging Each blend was aged separately, with part in neutral French and American oak barrels and part in stainless steel.

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Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable


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