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2018 Chardonnay | Merrill Vineyard

2018 Chardonnay – Merrill Vineyard

Ripe tropical fruit flavors with lavender-honey aromas come together with fresh baguette notes.
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Merrill Vineyard . Clarksburg AVA

Lodi Rules SealOur first vintage of Merrill Vineyard Chardonnay is a real expression of the unique terrior, showing the beauty of the vineyard. It carries the signature Clarksburg qualities of ripe tropical fruit with lavender-honey aromas. Mouthwatering flavors of ripe pineapple come together with satisfying fresh baguette notes. Two months of aging on the primary lees followed by 9-10 months of sur-lie aging on the secondary lees in neutral barrels adds an enticing savory aspect to the wine. On the palate, the viscosity of the wine is balanced by the right amount of acid, leaving a wonderful length in the finish.

Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing


Technical Details

SOIL COMPOSITION Silty and Mucky Clay Loam. Derivation Mixed Rock and Decomposed Plants.
VINEYARD PHILOSOPHY Certified Sustainable
TRELLISING T-Trellis with 16″ foliage crossarm
ACRES 81.09
LOCATION 38°16’50.8”N, 121°30’31.5”W
HARVEST DATE September 10 & 11, 2018
AGING Neutral French Oak Barrels; Stainless
BOTTLE DATE June 20, 2019
TA 4.7 g/L
PH 3.58
RS 0.7 g/L


Region: California

Appellation: Clarksburg

Vintage: 2018

Alcohol: 14.2%

Other Notes

Clarksburg AVA – Located on the Sacramento River in the heart of the Delta, the Clarksburg AVA has a profound maritime influence. Cool mornings give way to warm afternoons and temperatures quickly cool again in the evenings. With land at or below sea level, the fertile soil attracts and holds nutrients and water which calls for constant monitoring.