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Wolffer Merlot Reserve 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

Winemaker Tasting Notes: Dark red in color. The aroma is full of ripe frui, vanilla and elegant smoky notes with some black chocolate. The mouth-feel is ultra-lush with a lot of ripe red fruit characters which are well balanced by great mineral notes and wonderful soft tannins. The finish is concentrated and long giving a wonderful warm sensation. This is traditionally handcrafted Merlot ready to be drunk now but with lots of great years ahead. Food Pairing: Serve at room temperature. This wine is an excellent match for Steak, Lamb, Classical stews or paella. Technical Notes: 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc ; The Merlot fruit was hand picked between October 26th and 30th at full maturity. The Cabernet Franc was picked on October 31st. The grapes were cold macerated at 50°Fahrenheit for 5 days prior to beginning of fermentation to maximize the fruit aromas and flavors. It was tank fermented up to a temperature of 85° Fahrenheit and the pump over method was applied 3 times a day (every 8 hr) to extract color and mouthfeel. Total skin contact lasted up to 27 days. The wine was blended early to create a very blanced and lush merlot that stayed for 12 months in French barrels (25% new oak) in which in the first two and a half months MLF was completed. The wine was racked five times and was bottled unfiltered and unfined. Return to Wolffer Estate Wine List

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Color: Red
Varietal: Merlot
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These wines are a product of an old plot in Apalta, which Francois Lurton has been overseeing for many years.  The wines have good aging potential, produced with great care and attention, from the selection of the grapes to the balancing of the alcohol and acidity

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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
06/24/2007

This is a classy Merlot from the Hamptons. Full-bodied with lush, soft tannins. This has excellent balance between the ripe fruit, structured acidity and a firm tanninc backbone. Enjoy with food.



Winemaker Tasting Notes: Dark red in color. The aroma is full of ripe frui, vanilla and elegant smoky notes with some black chocolate. The mouth-feel is ultra-lush with a lot of ripe red fruit characters which are well balanced by great mineral notes and wonderful soft tannins. The finish is concentrated and long giving a wonderful warm sensation. This is traditionally handcrafted Merlot ready to be drunk now but with lots of great years ahead. Food Pairing: Serve at room temperature. This wine is an excellent match for Steak, Lamb, Classical stews or paella. Technical Notes: 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc ; The Merlot fruit was hand picked between October 26th and 30th at full maturity. The Cabernet Franc was picked on October 31st. The grapes were cold macerated at 50°Fahrenheit for 5 days prior to beginning of fermentation to maximize the fruit aromas and flavors. It was tank fermented up to a temperature of 85° Fahrenheit and the pump over method was applied 3 times a day (every 8 hr) to extract color and mouthfeel. Total skin contact lasted up to 27 days. The wine was blended early to create a very blanced and lush merlot that stayed for 12 months in French barrels (25% new oak) in which in the first two and a half months MLF was completed. The wine was racked five times and was bottled unfiltered and unfined. Return to Wolffer Estate Wine List

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