2014 Merlot

2014 Merlot
2014 Merlot
This Merlot is crafted entirely from Estate Grown grapes. The El Pomar District has developed a reputation for high quality Merlot.  A medium bodied and complex wine, it has blackberry flavors that are seldom seen in commercially produced Merlot wines. We harvested in early October and as our Merlot has exceptional qualities every vintage. The Templeton Gap’s cooling breezes allow this grape, which is more delicate than other Bordeaux varietals, to ripen uniformly while maintaining good acid and pH balance. This Merlot exhibits red and black cherry with notes of tree fruit on the nose.
Berry aromas with hints of white cocoa. Flavors of dark fruits, coffee and white pepper.
Silver Medal at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Tasting notes
Berry aromas with hints of white cocoa complimented with flavors of dark fruits, coffee and white pepper with a spicy oak finish. Pairs well with roasted prime rib or cheese and jalapeno tamales.
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Varietal Composition100% Merlot
AppellationPaso Robles
VineyardPomar Junction Vineyard
DesignationPomar Junction Vineyard
Sugar23.8 Brix
Acid5.9 g/L
Aging21 Months in 25% New Oak
Residual Sugar0.32%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date07/16/2016
Made entirely from hand-picked, estate-grown grapes this Merlot hails from the hillsides of our vineyard with limestone shale rock soils. It takes patience to grow this varietal on our ranch as it often is not picked until late October, nearly a month later than a typical Eastside Paso Robles vineyard. The cooling Templeton Gap breezes moderate summer temperatures and combine with our Linne Calado soils for ideal Bordeuax growing conditions.
Jim Shumate, Winemaker
A native of Southern California, Jim's first wine job was working in the barrel room at Meridian Vineyards, where his budding career was greatly influenced by legendary winemaker Chuck Ortman. After several vintages with Meridian as Senior Lab Technician and Senior Barrel Technician, Jim moved on to become Cellar Master and Consulting Winemaker at Templeton Wine Services (where he first met Pomar Junction CEO, Dana Merrill). From 1999 to 2008, this full-service processing facility afforded Jim the opportunity to work with a wide range of varietals, styles and volumes – from small, high-end lots to several-thousand-case productions.
While making wine for Templeton Wine Services, Jim was also busy working toward a degree in Enology at Cal Poly University. His involvement at Cal Poly eventually led to an invitation to develop and manage the Cal Poly pilot winery which opened in 2008. As Cellar Master, Winemaker, and Lecturer for the new campus winery, Jim instructed students on procedural operations of all winery equipment, demonstration of lab analysis and interpretation of results. Additionally, Jim co-taught advanced enology classes, operated and repaired all winemaking equipment, and established a new bottling line for the campus winery. After several vintages of hands-on teaching from fruit to bottling, Jim took the position of Winemaker at Pomar Junction in July 2011.
He lives in Paso Robles with his wife and children.
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