Hayes Meritage Red
Blend: 40% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 13% Malbec
The Hayes Valley Meritage grapes are handpicked and hand sorted prior to a 48 hour cold soak at 40 degrees F. During fermentation the wine is pumped over 4 times per day during peak fermentation to maximize extraction. Post fermentation the wine is held on skins for 24 hours to extend maceration and provide even more color and tannin extraction. The Meritage is the best representation of a winemaker using all the tools he has to make the best wine possible. This wine is crafted over several tasting sessions with the winemaking team, fine tuning all aspects from flavor and aromas, to structure and mouthfeel.