Varietal Composition: 82% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon; Sourced from 20 year old Merlot vines. Produced tiny berries more similar in size to Cabernet Sauvignon, leading to amazing concentration of flavor and tannins.
With pure, soaring aromas of raspberry, Kirsch and strawberry preserves, as well as sophisticated notes of slivered almonds, sagebrush and bay leaf, this lavish Merlot draws you in. On the palate, it is voluminous and expansive, with supple, fine-grained tannins and a lush, creamy texture adding length and richness to lovely layers of ripe red berries and potpourri that culminate in a graceful, lingering finish.
A cold, dry winter on Red Mountain was followed by an equally cool spring, which led to a slightly later-than-normal budbreak and bloom. Following mid-June rains that significantly reduced the size of the crop, the weather turned hot in July and August, and we began picking our Syrah, Merlot and Malbec the first week of September. While the outbreak of wildfires in Oregon was a concern, after travelling more than 200 miles to Red Mountain, the impact of the smoke was minimal, and we were careful to exclude any impacted grapes. Instead, the driving characteristic of the vintage was the low yields, which despite the cool weather allowed the grapes to get beautifully ripe, producing wines with dark colors, plush creamy textures and rich, vibrant flavors.