Salexis Wines has strived to produce the finest expression of this sometimes difficult varietal since 1998. Our 2002 Salexis Merlot is most definitely our finest effort to date. This expansive, if not massive Merlot offers the aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, plums, surrounded by toasty French oak. A Merlot which could hold its own against many California Cabernet Sauvignons, this wine will pair well with all red meat dishes and continue to develop for 10 to 15 years in the bottle.
Blend Composition: 98.00% Merlot and 2.00% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard Designation: Snowden Vineyards, Hillside Vineyard east of Rutherford
Harvest Date: September 17, 2002 to September 29, 2002
Harvest Analysis: 26.4 Brix, 4.0 gms/l TA, 3.72 pH
Pre-Fermentation Maceration: 72 hours @ 60 degrees F.
Pumpover Regime: 2 time/day with Aeration
Maximum Fermentation Temperature: 92 degrees F.
Total Skin Contact Time: 38 days
Barrel Aging: 20 months in Chateau Style French oak, Medium Plus Toast, 66% new
Bottling Date: June 16, 2004
Case Production: 510 cases