Merlot shows classic leather and cedar notes followed by a hint of cherry cola and vanilla. This wine starts off subtle, but is quick to show bold tannins that complement the red fruit flavors. It was considered a difficult growing season by many, but our harvest numbers for Merlot were excellent. We harvested the fruit in time to favor the elegant flavors of merlot, without letting it become over-ripe. Aged for 19 months in 50% new French oak barrels and 50% neutral barrels.