Gainey Vineyards Merlot, Gainey Estate


Gainey Vineyards Merlot, Gainey Estate


Produced entirely from grapes we cultivate at our Home Ranch in eastern Santa Ynez Valley, our Estate Grown Merlot is a sumptuous red wine boasting fragrant black cherry and dark plum aromas mingled with appealing vanilla, milk chocolate and light herbal scents. Juicy and succulent on the palate, the wine’s concentrated dark cherry, plum and cassis flavors gain a zesty tea-leaf spice tone in the long, savory finish. Beautifully balanced, with supple tannins, our Merlot is delicious on release with poultry, duck, game and beef dishes, but it handsomely rewards an additional 3-4 years of bottle aging.

Technical Information

  • Varietal Composition: 94% Merlot 6% Cabernet Franc

  • Vineyard Composition: 100% Gainey Home Ranch

  • Harvest Dates: September 23rd through October 6th, 2016

  • Fermentation: small open-top tanks with daily pumpovers; 14 day maceration

  • Barrel Aging: 14 months in 27% new French oak

  • Bottled: April 6th, 2018

  • Alcohol: 14.1

  • TA: 0.68 g/100ml

  • pH: 3.54

  • Cases Produced: 3,098

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