Palate

provoking vanilla with baked blackberry, cocoa powder, and Bing cherry notes. A white pepper, oaky finish makes this wine a masterful accompaniment to a wide array of food.

Growing Conditions

Influenced by the cooling effect of the Pacific Ocean, Carneros is ideally suited for growing exceptional Merlot, yielding a wine with beautiful structure and a velvety texture. The 2019 summer was consistently warm and relatively mild, as dry weather continued into autumn, making the vintage one of the best in years. Although a smaller crop compared to 2018, the long moderate summer allowed grapes on the vines plenty of time to develop full flavors.

Winemaking

8 months of meticulous aging in both French and American oak imparts fine-grained tannins

Appearance

Our Merlot opens with a striking garnet flush, boasting nuances of luscious red currant and a touch of seductive black licorice.