Little Frances Merlot 2018

Certified Organic. 100% Merlot. Sourced from the Ponderosa vineyard at Chacewater in Sierra Foothills. The vineyard is 34 acres in size, and the vines are 20+ year-old and planted on shallow soil over impenetrable rocks at 2000 ft elevation. Hand-harvested, destemmed to open top stainless steel fermentation tank. Grapes were cool when they came in, so a passive cold-soak occurred for five days before natural fermentation started. Fermentation proceeded for approximately 7 days before the wine was drained and pressed to tank. Gentle punch downs twice daily throughout fermentation. Aged in 2/3 once used Demptos and the rest neutral French oak (all barrique). All fine lees were retained until bottling in August 2019. 10 months total aging with minimal SO2 added post malolactic (25ppm). Wine was not racked or stirred during elevage. 254 cases produced.