Extravagant plum fruit aromas enriched by the lush flavors that Merlot is famous for. Grown in cool clay soils, this wine shows why some of the rarest and most expensive wines in the world start with Merlot.
There are some years when Merlot is delightful and complete on its own and there are other years that the wine is simply more balanced and powerful with the aid of either or both of its cousins: Cabernet sauvignon or Cabernet franc. You can imagine the lively discussions amongst the winemaking team each year as we confront the possibilities of our new vintage of Merlot. The goal is simple: preserve the intense and beautiful red fruit character of Merlot while building the structure of the wine with Cabernet sauvignon or Cabernet franc. In particularly fine years the Merlot’s fruit aromas are intense enough to allow substantial additions of a Cabernet cousin which will deepen the flavors and add significantly to its age-worthiness. Such is the 2015 Merlot which gladly accepted nearly 20% of our best Cabernet sauvignon. With its beautiful dark raspberry aromas and silken yet powerful flavors, this without question is a wine for the cellar. And with a few years of age, this wine will beg for a well-seasoned pork roast on a bed of fall root vegetables.
The depth of the ripe plum aromas is astounding, the weight on the palate perfect and the flavors go on and on. They were surprised somewhat in blending trials when everyone consistently preferred this wine with a small portion of Cabernet sauvignon and a dollop of Cabernet franc blended in. The added structure promises complete integrity for aging well into the future.