Florez Wines, Picard Merlot 2021 750ml

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Florez Wines
Red Wine
United States
Santa Cruz Mountains
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Winemaker’s note: “Well truth is I didn’t plan to make Merlot. I could spin you a story about Pomerol, but I’ll tell you why I made Merlot. Up to this point, I have mostly avoided the Bordeaux varieties. Not because I don’t like them, I’ve just focused more on Burgundy and the surrounding areas. Wine is also fashion, and Merlot has been out of the spotlight. However, when I agreed to have my friend German Soto farm an entire vineyard organically specifically for me, that meant taking the merlot. I even passed it up the first year when there was still flexibility. That being said we treated it as well as any of our wines and it turned out to be one of the best wines of the vintage! We put in a burgundy bottle out of defiance. Picard is apparently an ‘old name’ for Merlot, but the TTB wouldn’t let me use it as a variety so it became the name of the wine.”

Grape: 100% Merlot

Vineyard: Hunter Hill Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains. Weathered Sandstone and Shale Loams slope, located in redwoods 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean, with its cool climate influence. Tended by James’s friend grower German Soto who is working organically, no till, and dry farmed.

Making of: hand-picked mid-October and destemmed entirely. Fermented with native yeasts in a traditional upright French cuve, pressed at dryness. Let to age for 10 months on light lees in neutral French oak. Unfined, unfiltered, and no added SO2 at any point.

Personality: “Aromas of black cherry, black plum and cacao powder complement a palate marked by lively acidity, medium firm tannins and a juicy dark fruit core. Not a California fruit bomb like many Merlots nowadays, this wine shows good restraint and is a proper red wine. Enjoy with food or on a chill day after work,” the winemaker says.