|CHELSEA CELLARS 2012 MERLOT
||Our 2012 Chelsea Cellars Merlot is made from grapes grown to our specifications by Sagemoor Vineyards, one of the premium growers in the Columbia Valley of Washington State. The hand-harvested fruit is immediately flash chilled insuring the finest quality grapes on arrival at our crush pad 72 hours after picking.
||Crushed to open top stainless steel fermenters, followed by a 24-hour “cold soak” for improved color and tannin extraction.
||Inoculation is done with a red Bordeaux yeast and fermentation on the skin takes place for the next 10 days.
||Following the skin maceration, the young wine is pressed to a tank and allowed to settle for up to 72 hours, after which time it is racked to small French oak barrels.
||ter which time it is racked to small French oak barrels · The wine is aged for 24 months in oak barrels to further enhance fruit components and tannin structure.
||Beautifully proportioned fruit with consistent plum and black currant notes balanced with bold but well integrated tannins best describes our Chelsea Cellars Merlot.
2% Cabernet Sauvignon
24 Months in French Oak
100% Francois Freres