Matthiasson Red Hen Merlot 2012 Matthiasson Red Hen Merlot 2012 Matthiasson Red Hen Merlot 2012 Download PDF

Winery Matthiasson
Farming PracticesPracticing organic (non-certified)
Year Vines Were Planted1952
Fermentationlow temperatures in small, open-top tanks and punched down by hand two to three times a day.
Maturationthe wine was aged in 1 new Bousset barrel, and 4 older neutral barrels. After 20 months of elevage, with no rackings, the wine was bottled.
Item NoT029092-12
Bottle Case12
Country United States
Region California
Sub-region Oak Knoll
Matthiasson Red Hen Merlot 2012

The Red Hen Merlot Vineyard, along Dry Creek, at the very top of the creek’s alluvial fan, is a warm site with very light and thin soils, composed of a foot of silty loam sitting on top of at least 10-20 feet of pure cobble. The vines are naturally small berried and early ripening. The stress results in extremely low yields, barely making over a ton per acre of intense and concentrated fruit. In the 1950’s through the 1970’s, this block produced the top fruit for Christian Brothers, when it was still run by the Church (it was called “block 74”). It was forgotten about as a top quality site until we rediscovered it in 2003.