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2017 Deterts Reserve Merlot 750ml

2017 Deterts Reserve Merlot

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The 2017 Reserve Merlot was aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak and comes in at 13.3% alcohol. This was sourced from Williams Gap Vineyard in western Loudoun County, about two miles west of the Middleburg AVA. The vines are at an elevation near 600 feet in altitude. Bright and elegant, this is a refined Merlot that shows some oak tinge, but it mostly handles that extremely well. The tannins are ripe, so you can drink this right now. Its mid-palate has finesse and the finish lingers nicely. It's sunny, refreshing and vibrant. A perfect food wine, this will be a pleasure to drink. It is very appealing right now. The only question here is whether it has the structure to age and develop. It needs to do that to justify my enthusiasm. That's not as clear, but it is worth leaning up today, as it is completely satisfying and serious.

Rocky Deterts's project is in northern Virginia, started in 2017. This is his debut in our pages. His self-written bio goes like this: "Before then, I had spent almost four years traveling, learning winemaking at The Napa Valley Reserve, Bodega Monteviejo (three harvests), Chateau Le Gay (2010) and Dana Estates. I came back to the East Coast in 2013 to be closer to family and look for new challenges in winemaking/viticulture. I was the assistant winemaker at Dodon Vineyards in Maryland for two years and then decided to go on my own and create my own label." He made three 2017 Merlots, one of which is a rosé, and he says one is "a young Merlot in which I took all of the press fractions and combined them to age in a used French oak barrel for a year, then bottled unfiltered and no fining." This is the Reserve—"all free run that aged for 18 months in 50% new and 50% used French oak, unfiltered and no fining. Only four barrels (95 cases) were made."

From the Winemkaer:
We bottled just under 4 barrels, or roughly 98 cases, with no filtering. This wine consists of 95% free run and 5% pressed wine, all fermented in barrel. We aged it for 18 months in 50% new and 50% used French oak barrels.

The Merlot tastes of rich and savory dark red fruits, followed by hints of spice. The silky tannins help create elegance and length on the palate.

90 Points - Wine Advocate

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2017(750ml)  


Varietal: Merlot
Merlot has a reputation for producing smooth, velvety wines that vary depending upon the climate and soil type. Warm conditions on clay soils often produce soft, fruit forward styles. Cool, higher elevation sites produce wine with a slightly more austere structure. It still reigns as one of the world's most noble varieties forming the majority of the blend in Bordeaux’s right bank vineyards of Pomerol and Saint-Emilion. It is now prevalent across the world, achieving particular success in South America, California, and Washington. In central Italy, Merlot is either bottled as a varietal or blended with Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon to form Indicazione Geografica Tipica's (IGT), known as Super Tuscans.

Country: United States
Although wine is made in all 50 states, it is understandable, with almost 90% of the country's production, that California is synonymous with domestic wine. As of 2010 harvest, reports indicate that Washington, New York & Oregon account for additional 6% of production, meanwhile Virginia, Missouri and Texas's wine industries are growing to a point beyond that of just a tourist attraction.

Region: Virginia

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Type: Red
Red wine is wine made from dark-coloured grape varieties. The color of red differs based on the grapes variety or varieties used. Interestingly, black grapes yield a juice that is greenish-white. The actual red color comes from anthocyan pigments (also called anthocyanins) from the skin of the grape (exceptions are the relatively uncommon teinturier varieties, which produce a red colored juice). Most of the production centers around the extraction of color and flavor from the grape skin.