The 2012 Merlot is into its home stretch and the bottling run is scheduled for September this year. After tasting through the barrels a week ago the 2012 Merlot is going to be a fun release. 2012 was an interesting year for MTGA because the weather was much warmer than that of the first two vintages. The 2010 and 2011 vintages of MTGA Merlot did come from years that were cooler, from what we consider to be the average, but the characteristics that make this Merlot what it is are still very present. The barrels have added their nice little touch of spice and the structure is still very similar to the first two vintages. As it is tasting this month I do think that this vintage is going to take a bit more time to mellow out in bottle. Right now I have the release date pegged for next January or February 2015 – but stay tuned!
The 2013 Merlot is going to bring a new element to the table. For the first time I have some new French oak added to the aging process. It is VERY likely that this is the beginning of the next step for MTGA and I couldn’t be more excited to see how this barrel is evolving, even after just a few months of aging. It is just a single barrel so if all goes as planned you should see about 22ish cases of something extra awesome coming from the 2013 vintage (spoiler alert!). The other six barrels are picking up where the previous vintages of Merlot left off. They are still babies and it is going to be another year before they get into the home stretch BUT the potential is there. Frankly it is fun to see a wine go from tasting like raw, slightly alcoholic grape juice to wine and that is exactly what has happened over the last few months with the 2013 Merlot.
PS: those of you on the mailing list should have received your Riesling release noticed. If you are not on the mailing list and read this post all the way through you can consider this your release notice. To place your order for the 2013 Riesling you can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂