H COTURRI & SONS SONOMA MTN WINERY MERLOT SONOMA VALLEY
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From a 5 hectare plot of Merlot that Nic has been tending since 2010 and handled by his uncle Phil since 1991. This plot used to be called the Maclise vineyard and is located on the edge of the Sonoma Mountain AVA. The average age of the vines is about 25 years and the soil is Goulding Clay Loam (gravelly clay)
The wine was fermented and macerated for 7 days followed by 18 months in neutral French oak.
The 2016 Merlot is the youngest of our current releases and shows it. It's bright and brambly with delicously rich fruit underscored by fresh acidity and minerality. Absolutely delicious - You ARE drinking f***in Merlot!
Niccolo Coturri grew up working with his father Tony at the family winery from early childhood. Tony Coturri is the legendary producer at Coturri Winery, one of the first organic and natural wine producers in California. At age 18, in 2003, Nic began working with Tony full time. In 2009 they decided that Nic should have a small side project to represent some of the vineyards that he tended on his own and to bring his personal tastes and ethos to the market. This traditional philosophy has not wavered since, no intervention, no yeast, no additives, no water, and no sulfites. Nic's focus is to make wines that showcase acidity and freshness in the terroir with an emphasis on traditional Northern California winemaking techniques that date back to Nic’s great grandfather that has passed on for four generations. These are wines that are made like the classic CA wines of the 1970s and 1980s, made with restraint and structure yet still true to their terroir.
All Sonoma Mtn. Winery wines are made through the use of native yeast, open top fermenters, hand punch downs and aged in french neutral oak with minimal racking. Nic uses a small crusher and de-stemmer. While the grapes are de-stemmed, not all berries are popped, resulting in about 10-20% whole berries in fermentation. Everything is bottled and labeled by hand at the winery.
All Sonoma Mtn Winery wines are made at the Coturri Winery facility in Glen Ellen.
Fun fact: Nic's grandfather made home wine in the 1960s from fruit picked in Asti, CA from vineyards used for Italian Swiss Colony Wines.