Blend: 71% Merlot, 29% Petit Verdot
Winemaker Note: Quaker Run Merlot stars in Eluvium, grown in both the East and West Blocks on the slope. From some of our oldest vines, this Merlot contributes density and aromatic purity; presence and persistence with fine grain tannin. Petit Verdot in the blend contributes structure, depth, and power. 2018 was a challenging vintage, with a great deal more rain than normal, but older vines on rock-filled mountain slopes allowed us to make a small amount of Eluvium. Though our production was cut by more than 50%, we are proud of the wine and the fact that we can make an Eluvium even under challenging conditions. 2018 will seem lacey and almost ethereal compared to the powerhouse vintages that flank it, but it can be appreciated for its layers of flavor and aromatic complexity. It also has the benefit of softer structure and can be enjoyed earlier without mouth-puckering tannins. While we look to the ripest vintages to age the longest in our cellars, I think we will be surprised by how gracefully this wine ages.
Description: On the nose the fruits are red and floral, layered with bing cherry, and black raspberry accentuated by mint, cedar and wood spice. On the palate the flavors echo the aromas; The tannins are present but subtle and playing a supporting role, rather than pushing to the front. On release, it is surprisingly integrated and ready to drink, without the coaxing necessary for bigger, brooding vintages.
Aging / Cellaring: Aged 17 months in French barrique, 35% new and a year in bottle prior to release.
Aeration recommended. Should develop and drink well from 2021-2027 if properly cellared.