Wente Vineyards - Sandstone Merlot - 750ml
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Region: Livermore Valley, California
Grape variety: Merlot
About: “Our Sandstone Merlot is a great display of Bordeaux grapes from hillside and valley floor vineyards, each of which gives distinct aromatics and structure to the wine. The estate grown and certified sustainable vineyards that make up this wine are harvested, fermented and aged separately in barrel for about a year before they are blended together. We add Petite Syrah to the blend which then ages for another 6-12 months. Although lighter in structure than a Cabernet Sauvignon, this Merlot combines solid, yet silky tannins with diverse fruit flavours to make a lasting impression.” - Karl D. Wente, Fifth Generation Winemaker
The Vineyard: Since 1883, five generations of our family have handcrafted fine wines that express the very best of our vineyards and winemaking expertise. Our Estate Grown Sandstone Merlot comes from a gently sloping formation of hills running along the southeastern corner of the historic Livermore Valley. With warm days, cool nights, well-drained sandstone soils, and incoming breezes from the San Francisco Bay, the Wente family’s hillside vineyard is an ideal place to grow outstanding Merlot and Bordeaux varieties.
Fermentation: Each varietal was fermented separately in upright stainless steel fermenters where they were pumped over 2-3 times daily to maximise extraction. The wine was pressed after 7-12 days on the skins. The wine was aged for 24 months in French, Eastern European and neutral oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Our Sandstone Merlot has delicate aromatics from dark cherry, ripe raspberry to cocoa powder. This Merlot is refi ned and well-balanced with medium to subtle tannins, finishing with a bright acidity.
Alcohol %: 13.5%
Unit size: 75cl