2011 Cypress Vineyards Merlot

VINTAGE
The windswept Cypress tree, the unmistakable signature plant of California’s coastal terrain, owes its gnarled appearance to the maritime air’s persistent movement inland and seaward. The ocean’s infl uence on the Central Coast winegrowing region is signifi cant, keeping coastal and inland valleys refreshingly cool at night, while preserving the grapes’ natural acidity and fl avor. For Cypress Vineyards Merlot, the 2011 vintage was characterized by high winter rainfall and was much cooler than normal. This Merlot required very little soil irrigation, and most blocks went the fi rst two months of summer without watering. Our passionate commitment to our Cypress Vineyards red wines is to preserve and showcase the great cherry and currant fruit fl avors resplendent in grapes grown in the Central Coast.


TECHNICAL DATA

Origin:  Central Coast, California
Composition: 78% Merlot, 17% Syrah, 5% Malbec
Bottling Chemistries:
  pH: 3.69
  Total Acidity: 0.67g/100ml
  Alcohol: 13.87% alcohol by volume
  Res. Sugar: 0.28 g/100ml

WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS
The 2011 Cypress Vineyards Merlot is garnet red in color with medium density. Fruit aromas of cherry and raspberry are complemented by a bouquet of toasted oak and dark chocolate. The inclusion of Syrah and Malbec in the blend lifts the fruit signature with a bit of hibiscus character. The round texture and comfortable weight of this wine is followed by a sweet, mature fi nish. 2011 Cypress Vineyards Merlot pairs wonderfully with beef fi lets in red wine sauce or barbecued ribs. This wine can be enjoyed in its youth or cellared up to fi ve years.

 Price: $10.00 750ml

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