Carneros is magical for Merlot, allowing it to ripen deep into October for additional layers of flavor without compromising freshness. With the 2014 vintage, aromas of dark blackberry, boysenberry, nutmeg and brown sugar echo on the palate along with notes of leather and black tea. A wine with horsepower, rewards await those who opt to cellar. Winery exclusive. 194 cases produced.
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We picked our 1.25 acres on the 23rd of September and proceeded with what we know best, gentle treatment (de-stemming without crushing and open-top fermentation) to coax out the expression of this unique site of beautiful red clay. After fermentation we aged the eight barrels (50% new) for 20 months prior to unfiltered bottling.
Exotic dark fruits predominate on the nose with blackberry and boysenberry along with layers of spice including fresh ground nutmeg and brown sugar. The palate features beautiful fruit sweetness, with notes of leather, blackberry compote and black tea. There is plenty of horsepower here, so additional time in your cellar with lead to pleasing results. 194 cases produced. Available only at the winery.
Varietal: 100% Merlot
The first obligation of a great wine is to delight.Eileen Crane, CEO/Founding Winemaker