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2018 Messer

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Dark purple hues are matched by an immensely perfumed nose. Dried ripe cranberry and currants pair with Italian spice notes to produce an enticing upfront palate. Rich full tannins create a beautiful weight in the mid-palate that builds to a full yet succinct finish. This wine will age and develop character over the next 10-14 years. Wines of this magnitude require size and richness in their pairings and I would reach to the grill and serve with a classic west coast burger topped with bacon, avocado and smoked gouda on a brioche bun.
Vineyard Notes
The 2018 Messer comes from Estate blocks 3 and 5. These are as close to “flat” as our property gets, offering richer topsoil then our chalkier blocks. This gives a bit more nutrients for vigorous growth and ample canopy to ripen these thick skinned and rich tannic Bordeaux varietals. 2018 was an ideal vintage, perfectly pairing the warm days and cool nights here at Calcareous, to produce richness of fruit balanced by structural integrity.
Winemaker Notes
The Cab Franc and Malbec were picked a couple weeks apart, thus fermented separately. Hand picked clusters were destemmed without crushing and transferred to 4 ton open top concrete tanks. A mix of pump over and delestage gently extracted the juice from the berries and the lots were pressed after 12-15 days on skins. The combined free run and press wine was allowed to settle for 48 hours then transferred to 40% new French oak barrels for 22 months of aging.
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Michelle Soria
(Nov 12, 2020 at 3:50 PM)
This is definitely one of my favorites.

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