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98 Pinot Noir Pisoni2000 Nichols Reserve Merlot, Vinas del Sol Vineyard

98 Merlot Vinas del Sol
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98 Merlot Vinas del Sol

Price per Unit (piece): $52.00

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97 Merlot 75%, 97 Cabernet Sauvignon 22%, 96 Cabernet Sauvignon 3%

This Merlot has bold fruit with an inviting mouth feel. Unveiled are rich berry fruit, plum and black cherries. It is well integrated with hints of caramel, smoke, and toast. It is complex, rich, and has fruit that is extremely well balanced. This Merlot has some elegance that you will not forget. Tannins are layed back but provide the right backdrop for the fruit to come forward.

It is produced in a unique style, 1/3 whole cluster berry fermented in small open top fermenters to facilitate maximum flavor and color extraction. The cap is punched down several times a day over a period of 7 to 10 days.

Barrel Age
This wine was aged in 100% French Oak from the Allier, Never and Troncais Forest, for (23) months. The wine was further aged for an additional 12 months in the bottle. Aging in the bottle allows the wine to rest and round out its natural fruit flavor and aromatic attributes. 

Nichols Winery & Cellars TM
Nichols Winery is a small winery established in 1991 to produce ultra premium wines with limited production of each Varietal, around 1,200 cases. The winery produces Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot and Zinfandel. It is located in the Edna Valley, San Luis Obispo, CA

Paso Robles/San Miguel Wine Region
San Miguel is a warm wine growing region next to Paso Robles, California. The warm days and cool nights are ideal for Merlot, in that the grape likes warm temperature to show its true character of revealing forward bright wild berries, plum and cherry flavors. Cool nights allows the vines to shut down and rest for the next days push for enhanced flavors. This climate also allows for a long growing season with long hang time which matures the flavors and gives them depth.

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