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Acre Merlot

2012 A delectable red wine with fragrant black cherry, plum, rose petal, cola and sweet oak aromas. Layers of sumptuous dark fruit flavors complemented by savory oak tones and a ripe, jammy finish.
$40.00 / Bottle   $480.00 / Case

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At Acre, their passion is California’s Central Coast, in all its rugged beauty and cool-climate viticultural diversity. From San Francisco Bay to Santa Barbara County, from Big Sur to Paso Robles, they love everything about the Central Coast and are dedicated to bringing its unique and delicious flavors to wine lovers everywhere. Sophisticated, yet approachable, luxurious, yet affordable, Acre wines embody the very best of the magnificent Central Coast wine region.

Acre winemaker Melissa Bates is a longtime champion of the Central Coast wine region and a firm believer in the superior quality of its grapes and the wonderful diversity of its wines. Each year Melissa uses her longstanding relationships with growers in the Central Coast to source the finest Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes available. Because Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties all produce exceptional renditions of these varieties, Acre wines may be from a single appellation one year and a blend of appellations the next.

Acre 2007 Merlot is a blend of grapes primarily sourced from Monterey County’s Hames Valley American Viticultural Area. The small Hames Valley AVA, located at the southern end of the Salinas Valley in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, is largely protected from the marine influence of the Pacific Ocean. Its warmer climate and shale-loam soils are ideal for cultivating deeply colored, intensely flavored Merlot grapes. Acre enhanced the structure and mid-palate of their 2007 Merlot by blending in some Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles and San Benito, and a dash of Petite Sirah from the Hames Valley.

The 2007 growing season began with a wet spring but the summer months were consistently temperate with few heat spikes. As a result, Acre's Central Coast Merlot grapes were harvested in excellent condition at full ripeness. After the fruit was crushed and de-stemmed, Acre initiated fermentation slowly to ensure full extraction of color, flavor and tannin from the skins. After fermentation completed, the new wine enjoyed an extended maceration on the skins to further build structure, mouthfeel and flavor complexity.