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2011 Buttonwood Merlot

2011 Buttonwood Merlot

bu-me11
Region
Santa Barbara County, CA
Appellation
Santa Ynez

Type
Red
Varietal
Merlot
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This Merlot is very “euro” in character with a lean black plum, minerally and herbal nose and a flavor profile of cranberry, pomegranate and blueberry intertwined with hints of toast.  A beautiful food wine, and likes decanting/aeration.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Santa Ynez
Acid
6.2 g/L
pH
3.53
Alcohol %
13.7
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Our block of Merlot could be said to be in the “heartland” of the vineyard. The four acres of vines are planted in an area that encompasses both the deepest swale and the highest points of the vineyard, and soils are both rocky alluvial and a bit of clay loam. Some of our oldest vines, they are own-rooted. 2011 was a challenging year, that began with a nasty and odd freezing weather pattern in April. With no inversion, this “frost” did not sink, and even the hilltops were affected. The second growth produced a much reduced crop, which then struggled to ripen with a much colder than normal summer. Not done with us yet, Mother Nature then sent a series of rainstorms in mid October. A lot of work in the vineyard resulted in a tiny and late, but intense crop.
Production Notes
The grapes were removed from stems upon delivery to the winery and inoculated with FX-10 yeast. Twice daily pumpovers with délestage and then extended maceration occured to soften the tannic structure of the wine. In November, the new wine was racked to puncheons and barriques (20% new French Oak) until July of 2013, when a barrel selection for the Merlot varietal bottling was made.
Production
301 cases
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