Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot
Nickel & Nickel Suscol Ranch Merlot
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The nine-acre Suscol Ranch is located in Jamieson Canyon, south of the city of Napa. The area is very cool, with dense fog early in the season and windy conditions all year long. The vines are planted on a gentle, north-facing knoll of deep, loamy soil and are cordon trained to give the grapes maximum sun exposure. The cool conditions allow the fruit to mature slowly, gracefully developing flavors and mature tannins.

The 2010 Suscol Merlot is a captivating wine with flavors of dark plum, herb and cedar. Earthy notes blend harmoniously with the spicy French oak, while the texture of the wine resembles a combination of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is complete from front to finish and its unique character offers a suppleness on the palate that few Merlots achieve. From year to year, this wine’s distinctiveness lies in the lush, velvety tannins that expand upon the initial sip and develop with richness through the finish

Wine Details
Jamieson Canyon
French oak barrels (47% new, 53% once-used)
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Winemaker Notes
A cool spring in 2010 delayed the growing season and pushed harvest back by about two weeks. To aid ripening, we opened up the canopy, allowing more light to reach the fruit. An August heat wave brought a few hot days, but did not damage the fruit. Except for one small heat wave after that, temperatures were moderate. We harvested this vineyard on October 11.

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