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2016 Merlo Family Vineyards Zinfandel Trinity County
SRP: $25 Bottle / $300 case of 12
1-27 Cases Landed Profit Margin: 33.08%
28+ Cases Landed Profit Margin: 40.41%
FOB Profit Margin: 49.40%
The Merlo Family Vineyards estate is located on the riverbanks of the wild and scenic South Fork of the Trinity River at the southern tip of Trinity County. Surrounded by 8,000 ft intercoastal mountains on all sides, these isolated vineyards are higher than most California vineyards at an elevation of 1,250 feet. Over 45 acres are currently planted with a variety of grape types using quality clone on terroir and site-specific rootstocks. Our vineyards include blocks of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils in Merlo Family Vineyards are of three distinctly different origins. The low-lying ground is young alluvial infill. Half of the vineyard is rock, gravel and sand deposited during the 1964 flood. This major event deposited over 30 feet of new material in the Pelatrue Creek Drainage. The creek spilled over into the Merlo Family Vineyard, eroding and baring old pastures. About 70% of the vineyard is infill deposited by the flood event. These soils are mixtures of rock, gravel, and sand base with decomposed granite silts deposited in varying depths on the surface. The remaining soil is heavier native clay from shale origins that have been uniformly deposited from the shale cliffs behind the vineyard. All of the soils are well drained and are actively irrigated. Merlo Family Vineyards has an extremely active and integrated vineyard management program. The vineyard is planted on 8'x6' spacing and production is kept to 2½-4 tons per acre. Two shoot/fruit thinning passes are made each year to promote quality. The vineyard is thinned prior to verasion to adjust the overall crop load. A second thinning pass is made after verasion to remove fruit that is damaged or behind in maturity. Secondary crop, depending on the year, is removed at this time to stall or accelerate ripening. In regards to soil management, Merlo Family Vineyards is actively cover-cropping to build organic matter resulting in increased nutrient and water holding capacities of the vineyard soils. As the soils are built, suitable nutrient cycles are planned with leguminous crops and the minimum of nutrient addition. "Our goal is to continue to use sustainable farming practices while improving grape quality," says Ray Merlo. "We are committed to responsible farming practices without losing focus on wine and grape quality goals." Merlo Family Vineyards was founded on the concept that quality wine is grown in the vineyard. "We are committed to making wines that are true expressions of the varietal fruit from which they are made," says Ray Merlo. The unique growing season of the Hyampom Valley produces exceptional fruit with a high natural acidity resulting in very structured wines with deep, elegant, and yet, fresh, fruit flavors. A minimalist approach is taken in the wine cellar, allowing the wines to clearly reflect the varietal character and distinct terroir of Hyampom Valley. The Merlo's believe that the only way to truly make great wine is to grow great fruit. Hyampom Valley has been a source of inspiration to the Merlo Family. "The fruit expresses such a strong sense of place. I want the unique characteristics of Hyampom Valley fruit to shine through, so that each wine is an elegant expression of the land." The Merlos have always believed that it is their job to showcase the unique character, vibrancy and concentration in the fruit - to carefully preserve the varietal character while layering in balance, structure and elegance. The result is wines boasting bold flavors and smooth tannins with elegant balance and acidity. Merlo Family Vineyards produces a rare collection of richly flavored and expressive wines. Unlike many California wines, these deep, complex wines are not high in alcohol, nor overripe in flavors. Rather, the wines are naturally big and bold, yet refined and beautiful.
Region/AVA: Trinity County
Annual Production: 750
Country Of Origin: US
Bottle Size: 750
Bottles Per Case: 12
Closure Type: Cork
Scores: 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Gold Medal; 2018 Winemaker Challenge Internatinoal Silver Medal