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Goosecross Cellars

2018 Goosecross Cellars State Lane Merlot

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Located in the heart of the Napa Valley, State Lane Vineyard is home to Goosecross. This special vineyard produces some of their most sought-after wines. It sit on a famed alluvial fan which is ideally suited for growing vines on the valley floor due to the free-draining soils. The soils and micro-climate provide balanced vine growth, from which high-quality fruit stems. There are two blocks of Merlot planted on State Lane, each with a defined and unique characteristic allowing wines to be crafted with balance, finesse, depth and intrigue. 

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Region

Napa Valley, CA

Varietals

Merlot

The 2018 State Lane Estate Merlot is one of the benchmark wines produced from the Goosecross estate property. It displays depth, balance, and elegance from the first to last glass. The nose displays Fresh cut violets, subtle anise, and tart raspberries. On the palate, the wine is clean, fresh, and complex showcasing ripe plum, blueberry, allspice, rose petal, and mocha. Bright acid is balanced throughout with fine tannin hitting mid palate that ties the entire wine and its complexity together. 

More about the wine

The two clones from the vineyard were picked and made as separate lots. Fruit was de-stemmed and then cold soaked at 45F for 5 days. Natural ferment started after 5 days so they warmed the tanks up and added PN specific yeast. Fermentation lasted another 5 days, before they pressed the wine off skins.

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