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Sullivan Vineyards
Merlot

2003 Reserve Merlot

The 2003 vintage was relatively cool and spring was rainy. Two short but strong heat waves in September were followed by a gentle Indian summer that allowed the grapes to finish their maturation. This resulted in fresh and tannic wines that are close in style to classical Bordeaux wines.

The Reserve Merlot comes from a single block that has a fairly high clay content. The fruit is harvested and fermented separately. Our Reserve Merlot always comes from this block, it always produces our best merlot. The wine was aged 22 months in French oak barrels on its lees and never racked. The lees coat the grape and oak tannins making the wine appear softer in its youth. It is an age worthy wine. With time it will show great purity, definition, complexity and finesse.

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