2012 Merlot

Donedei // 2012

MERLOT

Colombia Valley AVA

All grapes for Donedei wines are hand-picked, sorted and gently crushed – we are 100% free run, which means we do not press (very unusual) to enhance concentration and color intensity and then ferment in small lots using proprietary yeasts. In addition, our wines are un-filtered and un-fined so we recommend decanting a bottle before enjoying. Our team takes great pride in what we do and we hope it shows in every glass.

Our 2012 Merlot is a lovely finessed wine that needs time but is wonderfully decadent in the glass right now. “This is one of the best merlots that I have made” – Carolyn The soft tannins are elegant and approachable with spice and a chocolate nose. Enjoy with a variety of foods, from simple pasta to lamb and chocolate.

Production: 300 Cases

UPC: 8 51781 00402 8

GRAPE VARIETIES

Merlot 75%
Cabernet Sauvignon 13%
Cabernet Franc 12%

VINEYARD SOURCES

70% Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, Red Mountain & 30% Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills

OAK AND BOTTLE AGING

26 months in a combination of 60% neutral oak and 40% new oak; minimum 6 months in bottle

ANALYSIS AT HARVEST

Harvest: mid-Sept. thru late Oct., 2012

  • Average Brix 26.0
  • Average TA 0.52%
  • Average pH 3.40

ANALYSIS AT BOTTLING

Bottling: Nov. 2015

  • Residual Sugar 0.1%
  • TA 0.60-0.62%
  • pH 3.70
  • Alcohol 13.6%