Salexis Wines has strived to produce the finest expression of this sometimes difficult varietal since 1998. Our 2003 Salexis Merlot offers the aromas and flavors of currants, blackberries, plums, and is enveloped with toasty French oak characters. Like previous vintages of Salexis Merlot, made from hillside grapes from Snowden Vineyards, this wine holds its own against many California Cabernet Sauvignons. This wine will pair well with all red meat dishes and continue to develop for 7 to 10 years.
Blend Composition: 100.00% Merlot
Vineyard Designation: Snowden Vineyards, Hillside Vineyard east of Rutherford
Harvest Date: September 24, 2003
Harvest Analysis: 26.6 Brix, 3.9 gms/l TA, 3.80 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
Bottling Date: June 23, 2005
Case Production: 375 cases
2009 Wine Competition Awards:
Gold Medal @ Grand Harvest Awards
Bronze Medal @ SF Chronicle Competition