2017 Merryvale Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon
Merryvale’s 2017 Calistoga Cabernet is sourced from three vineyards Amoenos, Profile Estate and Stagecoach. The fruit was hand harvested at night to retain freshness and acidity. After a 5 day cold soak in tank, the wines began native as well as commercial yeast fermentation. Two volumes of pumpovers per day, backing off at dryness, and pressing between 15-21 days on skins. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel and spent 22 months in French oak barrels. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
Powerful aromas of clove, sandalwood, and dried fruits. Despite the hot vintage, the wine is well balanced and highlighted by a spine of minerality. The tannins are present but not aggressive, and the finish is long and savory. A rustic, powerful Cabernet that truly represents the vintage. Drink now and over the next 10+ years.