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2013 Foley Johnson Estate Merlot, Rutherford

2013 Foley Johnson Estate Merlot, Rutherford

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SKU: 009081

"Rutherford Dust” mouthfeel, rich and velvety texture, soft and supple tannic finish, well-balanced and full, this wine is juicy, herbaceous and most certainly delicious.

Food Pairing Notes
As we move into the summer months, I immediately think about cool evenings enjoyed outside at barbecues, celebrations, and potlucks. One of my favorites to bring to such a gathering just so happens to work very well with the 2013 Estate Merlot. This Rutherford beauty brings to mind bright red and blue fruit notes with a tossing of baking spice to round out notes of cocoa and slight herbaceous tones. It makes for a perfect pairing with fava bean and sausage stew with sage and thyme. This hearty stew is balanced with the fine fruits and herbal strengths of the Merlot; it is pure Rutherford! - Robert Smith, Master Sommelier
98% Merlot, 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.4% Petit Verdot, 0.1% Cabernet Franc
Wine Specs
5.85 g/L
19 months in French oak
Bottling Date
July 16, 2015
Alcohol %
Production Notes
The Foley Johnson Estate Merlot is grown on gravelly soils that provide ample drainage to decrease the vigor of foliage growth. These ideal growing conditions allow our Bordeaux varietals to reach full maturity on the vine without taking on the green leafy taste of under-ripened fruit. The Merlot was harvested September 24, 2013 under clear night skies. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation and was racked four times throughout the barreling process. After 19 months of aging in 1-2 year-old French Oak barrels, the wine was bottled in July 2015.
Vineyard Notes
2013 was an exceptional vintage! The warm, dry spring resulted in early bud break, around the same week as last year’s vintage. Moderate temperatures throughout most of the growing season made for ideal conditions, healthy vines, and even fruit ripening. October was cool, but sunny which allowed for extended hang times and complete ripening of the fruit.
Only 107 cases produced

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