Deweys Merlot Alder Springs Vineyard 2019
Deweys Merlot 2019
Alder Springs Vineyard
Since 2017 we’ve been lucky enough to work with grapes from Stuart Bewley’s Alder Springs Vineyard. In 2017 and 2018 we made a blend of cab franc and merlot, the deep and primal if not sometimes unruly, kick rocks. In 2019 we focused our energies solely on the merlot.
Following a midnight pick, the grapes arrived to the winery still ice cold and covered in dew. Fermentation kicked off spontaneously after a few days’ cold soak, 50% whole-cluster. Gently punched down twice a day, fermentation cruised along without a hiccup. A couple weeks on skins and we pressed to two neutral oak barrels. In October of 2020 we bottled just 50 cases, unfined, unfiltered.
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