2012 La Storia Merlot

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Tasting Notes

Another spectacular harvest down memory lane. If I have to describe the 2012 harvest with one word, intense is what it comes to mind! The last similar vintage was 1997 when everything ripened at the same time and there was a lot of it! Following the low yielding 2011, this harvest was expectedly larger and one of the largest in the history of Trentadue as far as total grapes made to wine. The quality of all varieties is outstanding!

We harvested the 2012 Merlot Block 500 grapes at the end of September. The average sugar at harvest was 25 Brix - ideal for making high quality, age worthy wines. The fermentation was completed in four separate tanks with three different yeast clones. Post fermentation, the wine was aged on the grape skins for a total of 21 days. Post pressing, the wine was racked twice and pumped into 38% new, mostly French and other European oak barrels.  The balance was placed into older mixed barrels.

Our 2012 La Storia Merlot is a fine example of the ability of this classic Bordeaux variety to make a solid, tasty and age worthy wine.  The main aromas and flavors are of dark cherry, plum, black licorice and herbs. The new oak contributes a touch of vanilla, brown sugar, cocoa dust and toast. On the mouth, the wine is almost heavy, with balanced tannins and acidity for such a young wine. This wine will age well and will reward your patience is stored well in the next 3-6 years.

Technical Data

Varietal   100% Merlot
Appellation   Alexander Valley Estate
Production   2485 Cases
Bottled   March, 2014
Alcohol   14.5%
RS   .35%
pH   3.71
Total Acid   .59/100ml
Winemaker   Miro Tcholakov



Gold Medal, Best of Class, 93 pts - Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Gold Medal, Best of Class - Sunset Magazine
Gold Medal, Best of Class - North of the Gate Wine Competition
Gold Medal, Best of Class - Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Gold Medal - North Coast Wine Challenge
Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal - Houston Livestock and Rodeo International Wine Competition

2012 La Storia Merlot