The mountain-grown grapes of Atlas Peak produced a Merlot with exceptional concentration and structure in 2010. Aromas of dried cherry, red currant, cream soda and nutmeg segue to mouthfilling red fruit flavors, as well as hints of peppermint and oak-inspired notes of toasted almond, cinnamon and cedar. This is a wine that will benefit from aeration in its youth, and promises to be quite long-lived.
Due to a wet spring and mild growing season the 2010 harvest started two weeks later than we would normally expect. Later, milder seasons tend to result in wines of fine elegance and balanced natural acidity. This is exactly what we see in our white wines and the best reds from superior locations. During harvest the conditions (a strong heat wave and then significant late rains), caused us to be very diligent in the vineyards fine tuning the fruit and making timely picking decisions. In the winery we took precautions to be respectful to the characteristics of the fruit and feel that has resulted in wines of character and intrigue.