This supple, full-flavored Merlot features a fine-tuned acidity that lifts and accentuates a brooding dark-fruit core. Juicy black cherry spreads thick across the middle and is joined by spicy clove and sweet vanilla notes. The velvety tannins span the medium-long finish for a well-balanced, mouthwatering finale. This approachable, enjoyable Merlot makes a fine companion to roasted game, pasta or rich risotto.
With his long history in Monterey County, Winemaker Robert Cook knows where to find the quality Merlot he seeks. Sourced from small canyons in the southern end of Salinas Valley, these grapes benefit from the warmer inland climate, which is balanced by a cool Pacific breeze that funnels down the valley through the Santa Lucia and Gavilan mountain ranges. This advantageous location produces large diurnal temperature swings that can vary by as much as 60º F, allowing for a long growing season and for even development of ripe, well-balanced flavors.