2004 Hedges Family Estate Single Vineyard Limited Merlot

2004 Hedges Family Estate Single Vineyard Limited Merlot
2004 Hedges Family Estate Single Vineyard Limited Merlot
Tasting notes

Very dark garnet/purple color. Spicy (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and slight vanilla) with toasted, butterscotch oak and black, ripe hi-tone fruit (blackberries, cassis, plums, black cherries) and slight licorice and cocoa powder aromas. Full bodied with sweet, concentrated black fruit and spicy toasted oak flavors. Well structured with a long finish. This is a high impact wine.

Production notes

Grapes are from Bel’ Villa Estate Vineyard picked later from the higher yield area of the vineyard and earlier from the lower yield area of the vineyard. Aged  17 months in 30% American, 20% Central European and 50% French Oak. 80% new oak.

Other notes

Harvest Notes: Fairly consistent temperatures during bloom and set led to a nice, even set. A typically warm summer led into a late August early September ripening period of several days that were hot and dry followed by several cool days, causing sugar levels to spike up then drop to more “normal” levels. This pattern repeated itself, then changed to more typical extended fall ripening conditions of warm days and cool nights in later September. Our philosophy of picking at optimum flavor maturity caused us to ignore the higher brix early on and our patience was rewarded with later development of wonderfully concentrated ripe flavors that carried over into our wines. The wines tend to have higher alcohol but balanced acid and the Red Mountain terroir  provides intense flavor and aroma.

Vintage2004
VarietalMerlot
Varietal Composition100% Bel’ Villa Merlot
Acid6.5g/L
PH3.62
Alcohol14.70%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced146 cases
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