Lava Cap Sierra Foothills Merlot 2017
Located in Placerville, California, Lava Cap is owned by the Jones family, who planted their first vines in 1981 and opened the winery in 1986 on a special site in the heart of the Sierra Foothills. This family of geologists specifically selected this location for its prime volcanic soil that is particularly well suited to growing fine wine grapes. They named their new business after this unique "lava cap," where their grapes flourish in the volcanic soil, warmed by the foothill sunshine and cooled by gentle Sierra night breezes.
Beginning with the first vintage in 1986, Lava Cap wines continue to win a steady stream of gold medals and awards from across the country each year. Their winemaking philosophy is to express the elegant and complex varietal character from each block of the family's vineyards. The winemaker, Joe Norman, handcrafts each wine using artisan production techniques to create wines with full flavor and depth. The vineyard manager, Charlie Jones, uses sustainable vineyard practices and integrated vineyard management strategies, he strives to cultivate optimum quality fruit while protecting our environment and ensuring a healthy ecosystem.
The Merlot berries were fermented for 10 days on the skins with frequent punchdowns. To preserve the well structured cherry flavors and full bodied fruit characteristics, the wine was aged for 22 months in 2nd fill French oak. This delicate balance allows the slight toastiness to present itself on the finish without taking the spotlight from the fruit.
|Region||California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado|
Wine EnthusiastDeep and plummy in flavor, this concentrated and full-bodied wine frames rich blackberry and black plum flavors with moderate tannins. Subtle oak spices add some complexity and linger on the finish, adding extra interest.