The 2001 Salexis Merlot has been re-released. This wine has aged so well that we are releasing some of it from our library! Our goal of producing a Napa Valley adaptation of the great red wines of Pomerol was fulfilled with the 2001 vintage. A year of nearly perfect weather provided us fruit with ripe character, richness and depth that we had not yet seen from our small plot in the Snowden Vineyards above Rutherford. The aromas and flavors of blackberries, cherries, chocolate, coffee, and toasty oak are abundant. Full bodied with a long sweet finish, this wine will continue to develop for many years to come, but why wait when it is this good now?
96.9% Merlot, 2.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 0.8% Petit Verdot
Vineyard Designation: Snowden Vineyards, Hillside Vineyard east of Rutherford
Harvest Date: September 3, 2001 to September 16, 2001
Harvest Analysis: 25.7 Brix, 4.9 gms/l TA, 3.68 pH
Pre-Fermentation Maceration: 72 hours @ 60 degrees F.
Pumpover Regime: 2 time/day with Aeration
Maximum Fermentation Temperature: 90 degrees F.
Total Skin Contact Time: 35 days
Barrel Aging: 20 months in Chateau Style French oak, Medium Plus Toast, 66% new
June 16, 2003
Case Production: 480 cases