Dry Red Wines
Bottled: August 2015
Winemaker’s notes: November 2015
Our 2013 Merlot is a smooth, lush, and refined red wine. On the nose, it exhibits aromas of fresh cherries, dark chocolate, and a hint of white pepper. On the palate, it is soft and approachable with a refreshing acidity, cherry notes, and a touch of dark chocolate.
This Merlot was grown in eastern Virginia and our cellar crew still remembers this specific lot of fruit because it was of such high quality. The fermentation took place in open top stainless steel fermenters with two to three pump overs daily. Post press and malolactic fermentation, it went to barrel for 14 months for aging prior to bottling.
Our 2013 Merlot will pair well with most tomato-based Italian dishes, or, if you’re trying to keep it simple, it will work equally well with simple hamburgers off the grill. For those with a sweet tooth, try this with your favorite dark chocolate. This wine can be opened and enjoyed now, but will continue to improve for the next 3-5 years.
Serving recommendations: 60-65°F
Titratable acidity 5.8 g/L
Residual Sugar <2.5 g/L
Silver Medal: 2014 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition (2012 Vintage)
Silver Medal: 2014 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (2012 Vintage)
Gold Medal: 2010 Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition (2007 Vintage)
Silver Medal: 2010 Consumer Wine Award at Lodi, CA (2006 Vintage)
Silver Medal: 2007 Virginia Governor's Cup Wine Competition
Silver Medal: 2007 State Fair of Virginia
Bronze Medal: 2010 Grand Harvest Awards Competition, Sponsored by Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine (2006 Vintage)