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Leaping Horse Merlot 2019

Overview

The 2019 vintage of this Leaping Horse Merlot has violet and dark fruit aromas with pleasant plum, black cherry and a little bell pepper character. The palate presents with flavors of cherry pie, raspberry, light oak and mint. Mouth-filling yet smooth, this is "textbook" California Merlot that can pair with just about anything.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
This Merlot comes from soils that are sandy loam and well-drained allowing the wonderful ripeness come through to the grapes. The wine spends three months’ aging in new French oak. The Kautz family has been promoting and working with sustainable viticulture for over 35 years. Crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials and drip irrigation are used throughout the vineyards to improve the quality and intensity of flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects are also employed. In addition, owl boxes and wood duck boxes are placed around the vineyards and ponds helping to preserve the surrounding habitats.


Serving Hints
Merlot is a very versatile red that works well with many types of meats. Try this Merlot with roast turkey or chicken, grilled blackened salmon, meat sauced pasta dishes, pork, grilled vegetables or a steak salad.



Producer: Ironstone Vineyards
Appellation: Lodi California
Country: United States
Wine Composition: 80% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petite Sirah
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 5.79 G/L
Residual Sugar: 0.8 G/L
pH: 3.61

Press Highlights

2015: ‘Best Buy’ - Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2017
2014:  'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast, Aug 2016
2013: ‘Best Buy’ - Wine Enthusiast, Mar. 2015


 
 
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