Elu Red Meritage
2013 Napa Valley Estate Élu
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery is a 100% Estate Grown, sustainably farmed winery committed to producing the highest quality estate wines without compromise. Élu, meaning “chosen” or “elected” in French evolved from St. Supéry Winemaker, Michael Scholz and renowned Winemaker, Michel Rolland’s desire to craft a red wine blend each year that is a seamless and elegant re ection of our two properties. This is a wine of great density, yet a sense of charm.
This elegant red blend is structured with length and a graceful, ne grain of tannin. Vibrant and deep reds and purples introduce Élu, with aromas of black plum and juicy blackberry. The fragrances of anise, graphite, dark cocoa, espresso and toasted barrel add extra depth and richness. Flavors of black plum and youthful blackberry are complemented with a hint of cassis, together with notes of espresso, black pepper and black licorice.
The winter of early 2013 began with little rainfall, but precipitation improved in February and March. Spring was dry and warm, the best conditions to encourage vine growth. Excellent weather continued throughout the summer with temperatures that were warm but not extreme. With one rain event in September settling the dust, harvest took place under exceptional weather conditions that resulted in phenomenal ripening of the fruit. Harvested by hand in the cool morning hours, the grapes were brought to the winery where they were hand sorted. Warm fermentation temperatures along with gentle cap maceration helped achieve the desired color and structure for the wine before an extended maceration time on the skins.
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
VINEYARD: Rutherford Estate Vineyard Dollarhide Estate Vineyard
VARIETY/BLEND: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
OAK MATURATION: 100% French oak (52% new French oak) for 19 months
T. ACIDITY: 6.0 g/L
HARVEST DATES: Sept 12 - Oct 23, 2013
BOTTLING DATE: July 20, 2015
CASE PRODUCTION: 2,556 cases