2015 Merlot

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2015 Merlot
2015 Merlot
The El Pomar District is growing in its reputation for producing fine Merlots. This wine is 100% Merlot made entirely from Estate Grown grapes. A full-bodied and complex wine, it has lush blackberry flavors that are seldom seen in commercially produced Merlot wines. 
Blackberry, tree fruit, caramel, spice. 
Tasting notes
This Merlot exhibits red and black cherry with notes of tree fruit on the nose. Complex blackberry and currant flavor components with good tannin structure are the prevalent descriptors of this wine. Hints of coconut and caramel round out this delicious vintage.                                                              
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Varietal Composition100% Merlot
AppellationPaso Robles
VineyardPomar Junction Vineyard
DesignationPomar Junction Vineyard
Sugar24.4 BRIX
Acid.69 G/L TA
Residual Sugar0.32%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/08/2017
Cases Produced375

Made entirely from hand-picked, estate-grown grapes this Late Harvest Viognier hails from the hillsides of our vineyard with limestone shale rock soils. The cooling Templeton Gap breezes moderate summer temperatures and combine with our Linne Calado soils for ideal growing conditions.

Jim Shumate
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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