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2018 Clos Pegase Mitsuko's Vineyard Merlot Carneros Napa Valley

America/United States, California
Clos Pegase Mitsuko's Vineyard Merlot Carneros Napa Valley
Country America/United States
Region California
Appellation Napa Valley
Winery Clos Pegase Winery
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) 100% Merlot
¥5,280  (incl. tax)
Country America/United States
Region California
Appellation Napa Valley
Winery Clos Pegase Winery
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) 100% Merlot
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Data
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.9%
Product Code CP-4ML--18
UPC 033228855114
Inventory In Stock
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

With a beautiful deep purple hue in the glass, the 2018 Mitsuko’s Merlot offers aromas of plums with a touch of licorice and anise. Full bodied with plenty of depth, this Merlot delivers copious dark fruit notes of black currants, briar and plum with a juicy mouth feel. Fresh acidity keeps the palate balanced and clean. As the wine opens, more complex notes of bay leaf, clove and cedar start to develop. All this is surrounded by fine grain tannins that drive the finish.

Production

Vintage Notes

Growing Merlot in Mitsuko’s Vineyard for over two decades has taught us climate how to express the depth and elegance of this varietal. The vineyard is comprised of five different Merlot clones which reveal slightly different dimensions of the variety. The micro and soild types of each parcel, along with the varied spacing and rootstocks, provide the grapes with greater complexity of flavor.

 

Harvest notes
After the dramatic end to the 2017 vintage, the 2018 harvest was a return to normal; although a normal we have not seen in years. Mild conditions throughout flowering meant fruit set was extended and successful; ultimately leading to high yields, which slowed down ripening. The hot temperatures in July and August relented from September onwards. There were no late season heat spikes or serious harvest rain events, which meant the hang time of the grapes could be extended. The result was naturally balanced wines, which were lower in alcohol and retained good   amounts of natural acidity. This was one of the longest harvests we had seen since 2011, starting on the 31st of August and ending on the 5th of November. The 2018 harvest can be summed up as a “Classic” Napa Valley vintage. Definitely a vintage to follow closely.
 

Vinification

A long hang time on the vineprovided the grapes to gain as much flavor as possible. All our Merlot blocks were harvested over a three day period. With delivery to the winery in the early morning, the grapes were destemmed to tank, where the must was chilled. Following this cold soak, the tanks were allowed to gently warm and the must was inoculated. As fermentation progressed, the juice in tanks was pumped over twice a day, allowing full extraction of tannins, flavor and color from the must. When the wine was dry, the must was pressed off and the wine was then transferred to a combination of barrel and tank storage, where it underwent malo- lactic fermentation. After 12 months aging, the wine was lightly filtered and bottled.

 

harvest dates
October 21st - 24th, 2018

fermentation
100% Malolactic fermentation

barrel aging : 12 months in medium to medium plus toasted Taransaud, Sylvain and Quintessance French oak
bottling date : December 2019