Lava Cap Sierra Foothills Merlot 2018 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
Lava Cap Sierra Foothills Merlot 2018 750ml
SKU: 05954

Lava Cap Sierra Foothills Merlot 2018

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750ml
$24.99

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Category Red Wine
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Region California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado
Brand Lava Cap
Alcohol/vol 14%

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. 

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Full of wild berry, herb and lemongrass aromas, this firmly structured wine shows well-concentrated black-cherry and bell pepper flavors and a good tannic grip in the texture. Best through 2026.

March 1, 2021
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