2013 Lolita Merlot

Vineyards: the grapes are sourced from 2 vineyards on Mt. Veeder:
1. Merlot: Yates Family Vineyard, 1000’ elevation; 10% from Wing Canyon
2. Cab: Wing Canyon Vineyard, 1000’ elevation 
Fermentation: Small open fermenters; Punch down 3 times per day
Yeast: Cepage Cabernet; 15-day average fermentation; Press off to barrel; Inoculate for malo-lactic fermentation (viniflora oenos)
Alcohol: 15.1% by Volume
Barrels: new and older French Bordeaux Traditional barrels
Barrel Time: 30 months
Blend: 97% Merlot, 3% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Production: 192 cases 
Wine Label: Kathy Dennett
Tasting Notes: Only 192 cases of this ruby red nectar were produced. It opens with waves of floral and fruit flavors, violets and juicy mulberries, cherries and plums with a backbone of spicy cinnamon, wild anise and black pepper followed by hints of candied grapefruit peel, nutmeg, vanilla and the usual mountain bramble. Yum!
 

$35/bottle, $378/case


2012 Lolita Merlot

Vineyards: The grapes are sourced from 2 vineyards on Mt. Veeder:
1. Merlot: Yates Family Vineyard, 1000’ elevation, 10% from Wing Canyon 
2. Cab: Yates Family Vineyard, 1000’ elevation 
Harvest dates: September 27 through October 10, 2012
Fermentation: Small, open fermenters; Punch down 3 times per day.
Yeast: Cepage Cabernet; 19-day average fermentation; Press off to barrel; Inoculate for malo-lactic fermentation (viniflora oenos)
Alcohol: 14% by Volume 
Barrels: Older/neutral French Bordeaux Traditional barrels
Barrel Time: 29 months
Blend: 95% Merlot, 5% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Production: 200 cases
Wine Label: Kathy Dennett
Tasting Notes: This wine opens with a blast of Rutherford/Mt Veeder dust and aromas of ripe red fruit (cherries, mulberries and raspberries) and floral violet notes followed by hints of tarry licorice, root beer and hazelnut, with vanilla and sweet spices that accompany soft and creamy tannins.
   

$35/bottle, $378/case. ONLY 6 CASES LEFT.