Clos LaChance Estate Merlot 2019
The Clos LaChance Estate Merlot is handpicked and hand sorted prior to being destemmed, without crushing, then cold soaked for a full 72 hours. The Merlot is then inoculated where it enjoys a lengthy 2 week fermentation allowing for the utmost extraction of the tannins and color pigments which are held so tightly in the thick and dark grape skins. Post fermentation the wines are pressed gently in an air bladder press and transferred to oak for its lengthy aging process.
The wine is aged for 16 months on 20% New French Oak and 10% New American oak, with the remainder being made up of primarily French Neutral oak. The marriage of American and French Oak works best on the Merlot variety as it brings out the bright red fruits and vanilla from the French Oak and promoting the earthy and spicy elements of the American Oak.
Vineyard: 100% Estate Vineyards
Blend: 84% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aged: 18 months on 25% New French Oak, 10% New American Oak and 65% Neutral French and American Oak
Color: Soft purple and slightly opaque
Aroma: Raspberry, Blueberry, Vanilla and Tobacco Leaf
Structure: Medium Tannin, Medium Bodied, Dry Finish
Flavors: Dried Cherries, Cranberries, Vanilla and Wet Stone
Pairings: Pear Braised Rack of Lamb, Truffle Cheese and Chicken Parmesan