2013 First Label Merlot
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Our first label Merlot is made from our finest Estate grown fruit. A balanced, full bodied wine full of complexity and flavor, softened by velvety tannins. Our reserve grapes are hand harvested, hand sorted and wild fermented. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels before bottling unfiltered and unfined. This wine was structured to age gracefully for many years.
Harvest 2013 was a busy but a very exciting one for us all. It started for me on September 6th at 4:31pm with the birth of our son Leonardo Nappa. He came a full three weeks early, which was very thoughtful of him, as we started harvesting grapes soon after.
2013 started out with a cold winter, a very late spring and bud break a full month behind 2012. A wet June turned into an overall cool summer. By the end of August we were weeks behind in the vineyard and behind in overall ripeness. However, as nature has a way of balancing out, we ended up with a very warm and dry Fall that allowed us to catch up quickly on sugar levels and the cool nights helped to retain acidity giving us a great natural balance in the grapes. Also, we experienced one of the driest falls on record with over 50 days without precipitation. We watched nervously, dogging a bullet each time a storm came up the coast or across the country and broke up over Long Island. But without precipitation and any notable disease pressure we were able to harvest each grape variety at our leisure and at its peak. The wines from 2013 show exceptional natural balance and full ripeness which has made us excited about the quality and the future longevity of the 2013 Vintage!
Winemaking: After hand harvesting the grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed, then hand sorted before being placed in tank. Fermentation was carried out by wild, indigenous yeast, very slowly with whole berry fermentation. The cap was managed with minimal punch-downs and pump-overs, fermentation temperatures were unregulated, naturally occurring between 65-85 F over the course of a fermentation and post fermentation maceration lasting over 5 weeks. The wine was pressed and placed into French oak barrels for 18 months. In which time the wine underwent Malo-Lactic fermentation and was racked several times. The wine was blended at the last minute and bottled un-filtered and un-fined
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18 Months French Oak
96% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot