Nickel & Nickel Merlot Suscol Ranch Vineyard 2013
The nine-acre Suscol Ranch is located in Jamieson Canyon, south of the city of Napa. The area is very cool, with dense fog early in the season and windy conditions all year long. The vines are planted on a gentle, north-facing knoll of deep, loamy soil and are cordon trained to give the grapes maximum sun exposure. The cool conditions allow the fruit to mature slowly, gracefully developing flavors and mature tannins.
Cooler, windy weather during bloom is typical for this area and the 2001 vintage was no exception. Fruit set was average for the vineyard, which results in very loose clusters at harvest. Moderate conditions prevailed throughout the summer months, which ripened the fruit. Very warm temperatures at the end of August and early September pushed maturities ahead of normal, and we harvested the fruit in the first part of October.
The region is very cool with dense fog early in the season and windy conditions all year long. The vines are planted on a gentle, rolling knoll of deep, loamy soils and are cordon trained to give maximum light exposure to the fruit while the berries are very small, yielding low tonnage. Due to the cooler conditions, the vines mature slowly which allows time for great tannin maturity. This Merlot is often harvested with or after Napa Valley Cabernets and this extra Òhang timeÓ offers a velvety texture to the wine beyond compare.
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