2016 Desert Hills Merlot
Our Eagle’s Nest Vineyard is located on the Black Sage Bench, where the east-west orientation allows for great sun exposure, and the famous sandy soil allows for excellent drainage. Viticulture practices such as shoot thinning, green harvest (cluster thinning) and leaf removal all help promote flavor concentration and a purity of fruit. Cluster selection and vine spacing led to a fruit count of approximately 3.2 tons per acre.
This right-bank of Bordeaux inspired Merlot reflects the precision in our viticulture and winemaking practices. All grapes were hand harvested and hand sorted before the de-stemmed whole berries and free run juice were transferred to fermenting tanks, where they were cold soaked for three days with 2-3 daily pump overs. Fermentation was maintained at a consistent 26 degrees. Placed in select French Oak barrels for 20 months aging; wine was blended prior to bottling.
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 25% new oak, predominantly Radoux medium toast.
Tasting Notes: A Blend of ripe cherries, raspberries, mocha and baking spice.