erlot is one of our most distinctive expressions, thanks to the nuances that vintner Dave Koball has discovered in our vineyards. For our 2013 Merlot the lots were fermented separately and underwent full malolactic fermentation before being combined to create the final blend. The heritage of Bordeaux can be experienced in this blend, with added touches of Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Carignane. The wine was aged for seven months using a combination of French and American oak of which 45% was new.
The resulting wine has aromas of black plumbs, dark cherries and a touch of oak with flavors of plums, dark berries, toasty oak and vanilla spice. In the mouth, this wine has an elegant and restrained style with nice structure and balance, soft tannins and a long finish.