Sept. 20 - 28, 2017
25 Deg. Brix Avg. at Harvest
French & American oak for 6 months
First Bottling - July 2018
95% of the fruit for our 2017 Merlot came from Lodi. The remainder came from sustainable vineyards within the Valley. The grapes for our 2017 Merlot were harvested between Sep. 20 - 28, 2017, with an average Brix of 25. After fermenting on the skins for 6-9 days, the must was pressed and the resulting wine finished fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine was then aged on a combination of new and used French and American oak for 6 months.
The 2017 McManis Family Vineyards Merlot is medium-ruby in color and abundantly fruit-forward. The wine opens with notes of blackberry, vanilla cream, and baking spices and leads into a mid-palate dominated by black fruit, closing with a pleasing, toasty finish.
Our blend is predominantly Merlot with some Petit Verdot and Tannat added in for texture & color.