1999 Merlot

December 2007 – I had absolutely no memory of making this wine until I found my notebook in 2007. This was the top-end WineArt kit at that time – I’m seriously surprised I don’t remember much about it.

Ingredients:

Kit WineArt Project Wine Cellar Merlot Kit
Yeast Lalvin EC-1118

Method:

Started kit. Placed concentrate, filled to 5-1/2 gallons with water. Sprinkled yeast on top. 03/18/1999
SG 1.090
Racked into carboy. 03/25/1999
SG 0.996
Racked, added oak chips. 04/18/1999
SG 0.995
Bottled 06/28/1999
SG 0.995

Notes:

Yield 25 bottles
Afterthoughts This kit went fairly smoothly. Spent an extra amount for a “Project Wine Cellar” kit, supposed to be higher quality. Not sure it came out any better than a regular kit.
Decent taste, better than the bargain merlots. Maybe as good as some of the better ones.
10/18/2018 In reading through my notes, I can tell I was not convinced that the Project Wine Cellar kits in this era were worth the money. Modern (2018) medium quality kits are better.

Bryan

Long time wine and beer making ....