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2014 Merlot Reserve
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Estate, Santa Ynez Valley
Alcohol %
14.9

2014 Merlot Reserve

Bramble berries, blueberries, underripe cherries and dark plums are accented by cinnamon, brown sugar and white pepper, followed by subtle bay leaf, thyme, cayenne pepper, and a long finish of toasty French oak vanillin. This wine's medium-full bodied, rich mouthfeel is framed by fresh acidity and moderate tannins.

This item is available through the Tasting Room directly. Please call us at 805-688-9463 ext 223 or email order@sunstonewinery.com for assistance and estimated delivery time.
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This item is available through the Tasting Room directly. Please call us at 805-688-9463 ext 223 or email order@sunstonewinery.com for assistance and estimated delivery time.

GRAPES

51% 2014 Merlot, Block B, Sunstone Estate, Santa Ynez Valley

34% 2014 Merlot, Block A, Sunstone Estate, Santa Ynez Valley

15% 2014 Merlot, Block C, Sunstone Estate, Santa Ynez Valley

SENSORY

Bramble berries, blueberries, underripe cherries and dark plums are accented by cinnamon, brown sugar and white pepper, followed by subtle bay leaf, thyme, cayenne pepper, and a long finish of toasty French oak vanillin. This wine's medium-full bodied, rich mouthfeel is framed by fresh acidity and moderate tannins.

VINEYARDS

Sunstone’s 25-acre vineyard was planted in 1990 by the Rice Family to Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvedre and Viognier,  and is completely farmed in an organic, bio-sustainable manner. The Sunstone Reserve Merlot is primarily grown in a gravelly-sand block on the middle terrace at the property. 2014 marks their 22nd vintage. Soils with moderate water-holding capacity and excellent drainage produce balanced vines and a small crop of tiny berries—perfect for making the intense wines for which Sunstone is known.

CRAFTED

The 2014 Merlot Reserve is a collaboration of Merlot from our A, B and C blocks. Blocks A and B sit right along Refugio Road and sit on a foundation of Monterey shale whereas Block C sits on a much more sandy topsoil and is influenced by the gently sloping hillside viewable from the Villa. Block A was harvested on September 23rd, 2014 at 25.2 brix. Then Block B was harvested on October 1st, 2014 at 24.9 brix. Lastly, Block C was harvested the next day on October 2nd at 26.2 brix. All lots were inoculated with BDX yeast and left to ferment on the skins for over two weeks. Upon completion of fermentation the lots were aged separately in a combination of new and neutral french oak for 21 months and bottled in August 2016, yielding a total case production of 370 12/750mL cases and 120 magnums.

CELLAR

This medium-full bodied Merlot is delicious now, but will gracefully mature over the next 2-6 years (through 2022), and potentially longer if cellared properly.

MAKERS

Bion Rice, Director of Winemaking

Jose Gomez, Cellar Master

Guadalupe Chavez, Assistant Cellar Master

CHEMISTRY

pH:3.38

Residual Sugar: DRY

Alcohol: 14.9%

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