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Mietz Cellars Merlot 1999

Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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    1999 was a unique vintage. The crop was small. Generally the weather was very cool but with a blast of heat, over 100 degrees, in early June. The effect of the heat was not evident until harvest when raisins appeared in the clusters of the ripening grapes. I haven't seen anything like this in 20 years of growing merlot. It made for interesting wine making. The raisining turned out to be positive in that it produced a wine unusual for merlot, with sweet, spicy, fruity characteristics.

    The fruit was crushed with a warm fermentation (86-90 degrees) in open topped fermenters. It was fermented with wild and cultured yeast. After a 7-10 day fermentation-maceration, the wine was gently pressed and put into 75% French and 25% American oak barrels. This vintage was only aged for 14 months to preserve the fruit and cut down on the woodiness. The wine is unfined and unfiltered.

    Tasting Notes : This wine is medium bodied, with a beautiful deep ruby color and mouth filling ripe tannins. In the nose the wine projects sweet-spicy and fruit based aromatics with raspberry. On the palate the feel is mouth filling and concentrated, with an acidity that is persistent. The 1999 merlot exhibits a spectrum of flavors ranging from brown spices to raspberry fruit flavors.

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    Mietz Cellars, Sonoma County, California
    Mietz Cellars is a small winery located at 602 Limerick Lane just south of Healdsburg, California. It's owned and run by Keith and Nancy Mietz, and their son Andrew has recently joined the business.

    Their approach to wine making lies in the axiom, "Wines are made in the vineyard." We put this axiom to practice when we purchased an old, neglected vineyard in 1978. In working with the old vines we were able to absorb the nature of the terroir.

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    A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

    While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

    The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, "cult" status.

    Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

    The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and remain active frontiers for newer varieties, namely Rhône and Spanish.

    The cool Anderson Valley in California’s North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

    Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

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