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2010 Firestone Vineyard Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley

Subtle toasted oak adds a soft vanilla and spice element to round out the fruit. Supple tannins give way to a long finish.

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SKU: 004674
Winemaker Notes
Our 2010 Merlot delivers textbook aromas of black and red cherry with bright raspberry notes. On the palate, subtle toasted oak adds a soft vanilla and spice element to round out the fruit. Supple tannins give way to a long finish.
Other Notes
90% Merlot
7% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Petit Verdot
1% Cabernet Franc
Wine Specs
Vintage
2010
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Santa Ynez Valley
Acid
5.7 G/L
pH
3.76
Aging
22 Months
French, Hungarian and American Oak
36% New
30% one-year-old
25% two-year-old
9% three-year-old
Bottling Date
July 2012
Alcohol %
14.8%
Production Notes
The 2010 vintage was unseasonably cool from March to July. Bloom and fruit set took longer than they normally do, but gave us very good yields. We experienced average rainfall, that ended early, and gave the vines the moisture they needed so little irrigation was necessary. e intense heat of summer came late, but when it arrived, the vines responded accordingly. As a result, the wines from this vintage display concentrated fruit characters and extraordinarily balanced palates.
2010 Firestone Vineyard Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley