Vinification: The grapes were cold soaked for 3 days at 50°F. Fermentation time was 10 days; maceration time was 5 days. The wine was then drained, pressed, racked, and inoculated for malolactic fermentation in barrel. There were multiple rack and returns during the 19 months of barrel aging.
Vineyard Location: The Merlot was grown on the Hanson Vineyard Ranch at the foot of the mountains in the heart of Alexander Valley.
Vintage Conditions: Vintage conditions were much the same as 2012. No frost in springtime helped produce a bumper crop with very nice, healthy fruit. A long mild growing season provided added hang time for the fruit. Temperatures were mild enough so the fruit did not lose its acidity.
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 95% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec
COOPERAGE: 19 months in American and French oak. 10% new, 60% 1 & 2 year.
TOTAL CASES MADE: 1,533 cases
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.02g/100ml