From some of our oldest vines, this Merlot contributes density and aromatic purity; presence and persistence without being coarse or aggressive in tannin. While Merlot takes the lead, 17% Petit Verdot in the blend contributes structure, depth, and power, building a complete picture.
Wine description: On the nose the fruits are dark with plum and blackberry accentuated by mint,
cedar and wood spice. On the palate the flavors echo the aromas, and the wine is structured and
layered with ample and persistent tannin. In 2018 it is showing its youth and will continue to soften
and develop as it ages in the bottle.
Composition: 82% Merlot, 17% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Food pairing: Red meat. A wood-grilled steak with a hunter’s sauce would pair brilliantly with the firm
tannins of the wine. The structured but ripe Merlot is a lovely foil for hedonistic dishes like a bacon
cheeseburger or braised short ribs.
Cellaring: By March 2018, this will have been in the bottle for a year. Because the wine is well
structured, it will benefit from patience and aeration if opening now and should develop and drink
well over the next seven to ten years if properly cellared.