2015 Merlot

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2015 Merlot
2015 Merlot
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Aromas: The nose is very expressive on this Merlot with spice, sweet toasty oak, dried herbs, fig, and cherry tobacco.

Taste: The palate is very similar with lots of spice, cherry, dried herbs, and dried fruit. There is good structure in this medium bodied wine. There is a nice finish with dusty/grippy tannins.

Varietal Composition75% Merlot
12% Cabernet Sauvignon
12% Petit Verdot
1% Malbec
AppellationLoudoun County, VA
VineyardBreaux Vineyards - Blocks D, H & X
Harvest Date10/01/2015
Acid5.7 mg/L
Residual Sugar0%
Wine StyleDry Red
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/21/2017
Cases Produced402

2015 Virginia Commercial Grape Report Season Summary

Virginia’s 2015 growing season followed a generally benign Charles winter, despite some temperatures around 0˚F in early January and again in the 17-20 February 2015 periods. While seasons since 2000 have trended toward longer growing seasons and earlier budburst, the 2015 budburst and bloom dates were more typical of 20 years ago. There were no reports of widespread spring frost. Abundant rains from May through early July kept growers busy with disease management and grapevine canopy management chores such as shoot-hedging and selective leaf thinning. Much of July through late September was unusually dry, while temperatures during this late-summer period were very close to 10-year means, resulting in very good grape-ripening conditions. Fortunately, much of the state’s earlier-ripening varieties had been harvested prior to a period of very rainy weather from 29 September to 4 October, which coincided with the offshore passage of Hurricane Joaquin and additional tropical moisture from a stalled low pressure system hanging over the Carolinas. Although this timing was unfortunate, temperatures were cold enough to limit the damage from the excess moisture. Harvest proceeded again through a fairly dry October and the initial indications are quite positive in terms of both the quality and quantity of the 2015 vintage

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