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2008 Paint Horse Merlot, Sonoma Valley

Gold Medal Winner

San Francisco International Wine Competition

We are excited to release our 2008 Merlot, with its rich ruby color, ripe fruit and hints of toasty oak and vanilla, make it a pleasure to drink now and will be further enhanced through cellar aging.

Enjoy a 10% savings on all case purchases, including mixed case orders.

$25.00 per Bottle
$300.00 per Case
 

Tasting Notes

Rich ruby in color, the wine has ripe fruit reminiscent of black cherry bramble. Notes of clove and allspice plus hints of toasty oak and vanilla play through the wine’s enticing aroma. On the pallet the wine is full bodied with flavors of ripe black berries and soft, supple fine grained tannins. The finish is long and lingering making it a pleasure to drink now but will be enhanced through further cellar aging.

Vineyard Notes

Bud break was early this year. However there were late rains that continued into April, May and even June which slowed the onset of bloom. Because the soil moisture was high the vines grew large canopies and vines had to be shoot thinned as well as normal cluster thinning. The crop size was larger than average because the berries were a bit fuller than usual. The summer temperatures were mild and September was abnormally cold. October brought excellent ripening weather which continued into November. This allowed the grapes to have a long ‘hang-time’ with out having sugar spikes that can come from heat waves. As a result of this hang-time the wines have good rich flavors without quite as high an alcohol content as in other vintages.

Production Notes

92.5% Merlot, 7.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot Clone 181, Cabernet Clone 337

Winemaker Notes

Winemaking for these wines combines the best of traditional Bordeaux winemaking and new, modern techniques. The grapes were hand harvested then carefully sorted prior to crushing and destemming. After a cold soaking period the must was fermented with Bordeaux yeast and traditional Bordeaux style screened pump-overs. At the completion of fermentation the wine continued to rest on the skins for an extended maceration to develop richness and complexity. The wine was gently pressed and placed in barrel for malolactic fermentation. The barrels selected were 100% French Oak, 50% were new. The barrels used were all produced by fine Bordeaux coopers that use tight grained, well seasoned oak to handcraft their barrels. The wine was racked several times during aging to develop flavors and integrate tannins.

Pairings

Enjoy this wine with Caesar salad topped with grilled chicken, barbecue ribs (or chicken) or roasted pork loin or lamb.

Other Notes

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Awards

Gold Medal - 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Wine Profile

Vintage 2008
Wine Style Medium Red Wine
Varietal Merlot
Appellation Sonoma Valley
Harvest Date October 7, 2008
Residual Sugar 0.2%
Alcohol % 14.3%
Size 750 ml
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