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Rugged Elements Estate Merlot 2019

Rugged Elements Estate Merlot 2019

This Merlot offers aromas of black plum, cocoa powder and cedar forest. The palate is lively and pleasant with flavors of black cherry and blackberry bramble, approachable tannins and a hint of roasted hazelnut.

Winemakers Notes

The grapes were hand-harvested in the early morning hours of October 1st, 2019 and destemmed to tank. After 13 days on the skins the free run was drained to tank, settled, then barreled down. After 14 months in barrel the winemakers selected the ideal barrels for the blend- 50% French and 50% American oak.

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  • Composition: 99% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Aging: 14 months in oak barrels
  • Acidity: 6.2
  • pH: 3.45
  • Alcohol: 13.5%