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2014 Heritage Merlot
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2014 Heritage Merlot

2014 Heritage Merlot

This wine perfectly typifies the unique Merlot that we produce from our vineyard. The classic descriptor that pops up every year is “iron fist in a velvet glove”, a delicate balance of smoothness and power. In the 2014, dark fruit predominates, backed up by a supporting cast of black & white pepper, and followed by a finish with notes of cocoa powder and tar.

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As we taste each individual lot of wine from the myriad of distinct blocks on our Bell Mountain Estate ranch, we discover that certain parts of the vineyard are best as components for small production blends. These micro blocks are identified and, over time and experimentation, they become part of our Small Lot Collection. These wines are 100% estate-grown with organic grapes, and limited in their release.

Winegrowing and farming are challenging, and always have been. But the rewards continue to propel us forward. In the early years of America’s founding, President Thomas Jefferson planted grapes at Monticello and cultivated his vineyard. Today, the Jefferson Merlot Clone is revered for its strength, ability to adapt to its surroundings, and flavor. Our oldest Merlot blocks on the Ranch’s north side are planted to this clone and it is this connection to our past that we honor with the name Heritage. The area where the grapes are sourced is a hilly, upper slope with heavy clay soil.

This wine perfectly typifies the unique Merlot that we produce from our vineyard. The classic descriptor that pops up every year is “iron fist in a velvet glove”, a delicate balance of smoothness and power. In the 2014, dark fruit predominates, backed up by a supporting cast of black & white pepper, and followed by a finish with notes of cocoa powder and tar.


Vintage
2014 was another banner growing season in Sonoma County and our vineyards here on Bell Mountain were no exception. The growing season started with a dry spring and provided consistent, moderate temperatures that allowed our grapes to slowly progress to optimal ripeness. Fruit quality and abundance were exceptional in 2014, and we began making wine with the very best building blocks: grapes that were evenly ripe and expressed true varietal character with balanced acidity. Although the season started slowly, it ended with a bang. Warm temperatures in August and September accelerated ripening and every last block of our vineyard was harvested by October 16th, about 3 weeks earlier than usual.

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Vintage: 2014
Wine Style: Bold Red Wine
Varietal: Merlot
Varietal Composition:
76% Merlot
16% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Cabernet Franc
2% Malbec
1% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Harvest Date: September 11th-Oct 18th,2014
PH: 3.6
Aging: 15 months in 20% new French oak, 80% neutral oak
Bottling Date: January 28th, 2016
Alcohol %: 14.9
 
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