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2010 Firestone Vineyard The Chairman Series Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley

Versatile.  Chewy tannins are subdued by great weight and concentration.  Cherries, plums, dark chocolate, tobacco, mocha and vanilla.

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SKU: 004683
Tasting Notes
The dominate traits in our 2010 Chairman Series Merlot are cherries, plums, dark chocolate, tobacco, mocha and vanilla. The chewy tannins are subdued by the wine’s great weight and concentration.
Food Pairing Notes
This is a versatile wine that plays nicely with most cheese or meat courses.
Other Notes
91% Merlot
5% Petit Verdot
4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Specs
Vintage
2010
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Santa Ynez Valley
Harvest Date
2010
Acid
5.6 g/L
pH
3.86
Aging
24 months
French, Hungarian and American oak
62% new
Bottling Date
October 2012
Alcohol %
15.80%
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. The 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 The Chairman Series Merlot, Santa Ynez Valley