Double Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2017
Gold Medal - Monterey International Wine Competition, 2017
The composition of three contiguous vineyards, this wine showcases the Arroyo Seco AVA’s dried, Riverbed terrain - a nite and limiting section of the appellation, in between two major benches and defiined by a rocky, granite-cobblestone surface soil over hardpan subsoil. In concert with the rocky and meager nature of the soil, the this locale is plagued by howling winds and fog throughout the growing season. Slow to ripen, the grapes develop complex flavors and retain elevated, natural levels of acidity. Sourcing different clones from each vineyard - Cedar Lane, Griva and Zabala - the Mercy Riverbed bottling highlights a very unique and special portion of the Arroyo Seco appellation.
Harvested by hand on separate dates, each vineyard lot was fermented individually. Each lot was gently de-stemmed with the resulting must racked to open-top bins. Following a two-day cold soak, the must was inoculated with RC212 (a yeast isolate from Burgundy) and the ensuing fermentation lasted 12 to 15 days. During this period each bin was punch-down three times per day. Once pressed the wine was transferred to French oak barrels and aged eleven months before being blended and bottled.
Utilizing a broad array of clonal materials from each vineyard this wine typifies the enchanting nature of the Riverbed portion of this AVA. In the glass aromas wild berries, cherry cream and boysenberry mingle rhubarb, cinnamon toast, violets and mineral notes. Richly textured, the palate is firm with supple tannins and carries across juicy and dense berry flavors.
Vineyards: Zabala Vyd (26%) Cedar Lane Vyd (33%) Griva Vyd (41%)
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: Pommard (4), Martini (13), 115, 667, 777 & La Tache
Harvest: Sept 16, 23 & 29, 2014
Aging: French Oak, 15% New, Dargaud Jaegle, Sirugue, Francois Freres, Saury, Mercurey & Taransaud
Bottled: September 2, 2015
Mercy Vineyards is the fruition of friendships. Vintners Mark Dirickson and Mike Kohne have known one another for over a decade and have, collectively, been in the wine industry for over 45 years. Their experiences lead them to believe that the regional aspects of the Arroyo Seco AVA make it one of world's ideal growing regions for the wines they produce. Sourcing idyllic fruit, the wines are vinified by Mark and Mike's long-time friend and distinguished winemaker Alan Phillips. Produced in small lots, Alan employs classical winemaking techniques to help enhance the overall character of the Mercy wines.
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