2018 Mercury Rising, California
Black Cherry, Sage, Mocha
- Cold soak 3–5 days
- All lots harvested & fermented separately to 90 degrees
- Fermented 5–12 days open top
- Partial barrel aged for 8 months
- Aged for 8 months in American oak (30% new)
George Troquato, Winemaker & Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
The 2015 Mercury Rising is a blend primarily composed of Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Cabernet adds structure and aroma, while Merlot provides a supple mouthfeel mid-palate. Syrah harmonizes the wine by elevating the fruit. All of the grapes are fermented separately due to different harvest dates and to maximize the potential of each variety.
Mercury Rising was first created in the mid-1990s, before red wine blends became popular. It is a blend based on winemaking practices that consistently deliver high quality at an affordable price. Mainly composed of Bordeaux varieties, each grape is selected according to its vineyard site and its reflection of the terroir. The varietal composition changes slightly year-to-year, with the end goal of creating a wine that is dark in color and rich in flavor, with supple tannins and spicy character.