On the palate the 2013 Mt. Brave Merlot shows dark cherry and spice. A note of salty chocolate carries the aromatic with great texture. Well balanced with typical Mount Veeder acidity.
The 2013 growing season was another near perfect year. With only a day or two approaching 100 degrees, temperatures were steady and in the sweet spot of 85°-95°F. Dry conditions throughout allowed for ideal maturation and flavor concentration.
We hand-harvested grapes during cool morning hours, at an average Brix of 26.5°.
The wine fermented in stainless steel and then underwent native malolactic fermentation in barrels to round acidity and softly integrate the vanillin character of French oak (85% new).
19 months in French oak (85% new)