The Cummins Road Pinot Noir 2012
Yamhill-Carlton

The Cummins Road is made up of grapes from the new south facing block #13. This block is planted entirely to the Pinot Noir clone W├Ądenswil, which traces its origin to Switzerland. The extra degrees of heat from the southern exposure ensure a nice, even ripeness, giving the wine its full character. Restrained use of French oak during the wine making process rounds out the palate and gives it a creamy mouthfeel. We are proud to produce this value-oriented wine completely from Merriman Vineyard fruit and to let it serve as an introduction to the vineyard.

1400 cases produced

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Merriman Estate Pinot Noir 2012
Yamhill-Carlton

Grown at the highest elevation in the vineyard, Blocks 1 and 2 were planted with Pommard and W├Ądenswil clones in the Spring of 1999. Never irrigated, the roots from the vines go deeper, adding to the complexity of the wine. The East facing slope provides for exposure to the morning sun, burning off the morning dew and going behind the hills in mid-afternoon.

The 2012 Merriman Estate was made in only twelve barrels and shows the intense flavors that only the highest elevation and lowest yields of our vineyard can produce. The long, seductive mouthfeel is a slow and contemplative interplay of plush dark fruit, cocoa powder, cardamom pods and clove oil that cleave with the silky tannins that are only found from outstanding vintages in ideal growing conditions.

300 cases produced

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