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1999 Merlot ~ Two Moon Vineyard
 ~  Dry Creek Valley  ~

THE VINEYARD — At 1700’ elevation, Two Moon Vineyard sprawls atop McCray Ridge, located between Healdsburg and Guerneville, on the western edge of  the Dry Creek Valley appellation.  The site typically begins each day in sunlight and enjoys a steady airflow from the Pacific Ocean 15 miles west.  With few climatic variations, the mountain vineyard enjoys a long growing season.  The four acre Merlot block was planted in 1987 to contour around a knoll in ten-foot-wide terraced rows, with vines 6 feet apart on vertically shoot positioned trellises.

TASTING NOTES  —  
Velvet purple core with deep ruby highlights.
Exotic nose: ripe cherries, plum, hints of cinnamon and cardamom.
Complex flavors of freshly crushed blue plum, stone fruit, and spice.
Balance of berry and oak. Long, full finish.
Well-integrated tannins. Robust, single vineyard Merlot

WINE MAKING DATA  —
Harvest:  September 30, 1999
Tonnage: 11 (2.75 tons/acre)
Harvest Brix: 24.7
Alcohol/Vol. 14.1
pH: 3.55
Cap Treatment: pump-over
2x a day for 3 days
Malolactic finished fermentation in barrel
Aging:  14 months
Barrels: Medium toast,
French oak 30% new
Unfiltered, unfined

PRODUCTION —
570 cases of .750’s             
99 cases of .375’s
48 cases of 1.5’s

 


MC CRAY RIDGE ~ PO BOX 1402, HEALDSBURG CA, 95448 ~ PH (707)869-3147 ~ FX (707) 869-4542
e-mail simpson@mccrayridge.com ~ Copyright McCray Ridge ~ Revised June 2, 2005