Varietal Content: 98% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon; Cooperage: 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons); Age of Barrels: 50% new, 50% second vintage
The hallmark of this Merlot is its sensual, velvety suppleness and its pure red fruit. The aromas offer enticing layers of Bing cherry and bright raspberry, as well as supporting notes of almond, tobacco, olive and sage. The cherry and raspberry notes are echoed on the palate, along with flavors of cranberry and anise. Oak aging adds mid-palate weight with lifted acidity, supporting the berry flavors throughout a firm, lingering finish.
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.