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2014 James O'Neil Merlot

2014 James O'Neil Merlot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Rutherford
Alcohol %
14.8

2014 James O'Neil Merlot

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SKU: 14ML712J
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Truly a unique wine. The vintage was relatively mild, coupled with a year of drought, the vines produced a smaller crop that was allowed to mature and develop long into the growing season. Due to concentration from smaller yields, the 2014 James O'Neil Merlot has an earthy minerality with dark fruit undertones. What's even more fantastic is the sweetness of fruit that coats, giving way to rich dark chocolate and hints of toasty spice. Will age gracefully but ready to enjoy today.
Vineyard Notes
An excellent vintage, with quality along the lines of the heralded 2012 and 2013 seasons. "Early" was the key word all season, from bud break to veraison to harvest. A good helping of rain in late February and early March relieved most of the stress and set up the vines for a vigorous start. Everything was ready to go by mid-to-late August, including some of our younger Cabernet Sauvignon which usually ripens later in September. The typically warmer months avoided day time temperatures exceeding 100F, keeping mainly to the 90’s, perfect conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon to cruise along during ripening.