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2020 Emme Wines 'what happens next?' Merlot

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The Gist

  • Grape Varietal: Merlot
  • Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA
  • Certified organic farming
  • Spontaneous fermentation
  • Unfined/Unfiltered
  • No added sulfur
  • 85 cases produced
  • 13.5% ABV 

"My second wine from Nakai Vineyard, and another new grape for me in 2020.

Much riper than I pick most of the fruit, the Merlot came in at close to 25 brix. I decided
to make as close to a classic California Merlot as possible, while maintaining the acidity
and freshness of the fruit. I footcrushed the Merlot to tank and left it on skins for slightly
over a week, with foot treading and pumpovers twice a day.

Once pressed and through primary fermentation, the Merlot was put into neutral oak and
left to go through malolactic fermentation over the winter. Due to its high tannin and
acid profile, it is the only wine I decided not to bottle in March. Instead, I left it to
develop slowly in barrel sur lie until bottling in early August.

Tasting notes: Juicy cassis on a bed of dolmas and crushed granite. Grippy youthful
tannin. Delicious now but will age beautifully."

-Rosalind, the winemaker