2016 Merlot

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2016 Merlot
2016 Merlot
Tasting notes

Aromas: Blackberry, plums and cedar.

Taste: medium intense flavors of blackberry, raisin and cedar.

Cellaring: It is ready to drink now but could age for 10 years or more.

Production notes

Aged 18 months French oak.

Varietal Composition89% Merlot
8% Cabernet Franc
3 % Petit Verdot
AppellationLoudoun County, VA
VineyardBreaux Vineyards - X Block
Harvest Date10/03/2016
Acid4.9 mg/L
Aging18 months French oak
Residual Sugar0%
Wine StyleDry Red
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/28/2018
Cases Produced414

Bronze - 2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Gold - 2020 Virginia Governor's Cup

2016 Virginia Commercial Grape Report Season Summary

Virginia’s 2016 growing season followed a generally challenging winter, with significant snowfall and low temperatures in January and February. Three solid weeks of late winter/early spring rains were followed by a late frost in the first and second weeks of April. The late frost was especially damaging to smaller growers, many of whom lost their entire crops for the year. A hotter than usual summer, especially in late July and early August, presented growers with another set of challenges, especially as rain was intense but infrequent during this period.

A late start to winter, as well as an overall warmerthan-usual November and December, extended the time available for harvest, with many growers not completing their harvest before the end of November when students from Virginia Commonwealth University began reaching out to them to collect data for this report. Cold weather didn’t truly arrive until the second week of December, when temperatures stayed consistently below freezing for the first time in the 2016 season. 

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