Our first vintage of Merrill Vineyard Chardonnay is a real expression of the unique terrior, showing the beauty of the vineyard. It carries the signature Clarksburg qualities of ripe tropical fruit with lavender-honey aromas. Mouthwatering flavors of ripe pineapple come together with satisfying fresh baguette notes. Two months of aging on the primary lees followed by 9-10 months of sur-lie aging on the secondary lees in neutral barrels adds an enticing savory aspect to the wine. On the palate, the viscosity of the wine is balanced by the right amount of acid, leaving a wonderful length in the finish.
Certified Lodi Rule for Sustainable Winegrowing
Silty and Mucky Clay Loam. Derivation Mixed
Rock and Decomposed Plants
T-Trellis with 16" foliage crossarm
September 10 & 11, 2018
BRIX AT HARVEST
Neutral French Oak Barrels; Stainless
June 20, 2019
Weather is a key element of farming – it plays a crucial role in the health of our vines and winegrapes. Daily temperatures and rainfall come together to dictate the growing season, making each vintage distinctive. 2018 was a long and even season with moderate conditions and mild summer weather. This allowed the winegrapes to mature slowly with even ripening, pushing our start of harvest to August 6th, 10 days later than the previous two years. The overall moderate to cool harvest conditions were good for flavor development, but on October 3rd we endured rain showers. Luckily the following two weeks were dry and sunny helping finish the sugar accumulation in our mid to late ripening varietals. We ended harvest in November, one of the latest in recent memory, with particularly good quality and spectacular color in the red varietals and white varietals with sound flavor and acid development.
CLARKSBURG AVA - Located on the Sacramento River in the heart of the Delta, the Clarksburg AVA has a profound maritime influence. Cool mornings give way to warm afternoons and temperatures
quickly cool again in the evenings. With land at or below sea level, the fertile soil attracts and holds nutrients and water which calls for constant monitoring.