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2001 Merlot ~ Two Moon Vineyard
 ~  Dry Creek Valley  ~

THE VINEYARD — At 1,700' elevation, Two Moon Vineyard sprawls atop McCray Ridge, located between Healdsburg and Guerneville, at the southwestern edge of the Dry Creek Valley appellation. The site typically begins each day in sunlight and enjoys a steady airflow to and from the Pacific Ocean 15 miles west. The four acres of Merlot, planted n 1987, are terraced to follow the contours of the hillside, and the vines are trained on a vertically shoot positioned trellis with unilateral cordon arms. Climatic stability allows a long growing season and helps produce a wine true to the culture of a mountain vineyard. Austere soils keep tonnage low & create complex, age-worthy wines.

TASTING NOTES  —  
Velvet purple core with deep scarlet rim
Heady aromas of berries & dark cherry, with a dust of mocha
Floods the palate with enormous plush flavors of black fruits, berries; & cassis Round, complex tannins; perfect for food

WINE MAKING DATA  —
Harvest:  August 31, 2001
Tonnage: 12.4
Harvest Brix: 25
Alcohol/Vol. 14.5
pH: 3.46
Residual Sugar: 2.5mg/100ml
Barrel Aging:  22 months
Bottle Aging:  13 months
Barrels: Medium toast,
French oak 30% new

PRODUCTION —
686 cases of .750 ml
100 cases of .375 ml

 


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e-mail simpson@mccrayridge.com ~ Copyright McCray Ridge ~ Revised June 2, 2005