The exceptional 2012 vintage and the unique terroir of Carneros have produced a sensual, velvety Merlot with intense aromas of French lavender, fig compote, cranberry, leather and flinty minerality. On the palate, a lush, supple structure and subtle French oak accentuate flavors of ripe black cherry, truffles and thyme, with fine-grained tannins adding length to a pure, focused finish.
The 2012 growing season offered near-perfect growing conditions. Though budbreak was late due to heavy spring rains, warm weather during bloom allowed the vines to set a large crop. Increased yields were the result of more berries, not larger berries. This translated into even higher quality in the winery, as the skin-to-juice ratio remained ideal. Slightly cooler-than-average post-veraison weather and a lack of any heat events allowed for greatly extended hang time. Harvest was 2-3 weeks later than average, and the grapes arrived at the winery in pristine condition.