The 2012 growing season offered near-perfect growing conditions. Though budbreak was late due to heavy spring rains, warm weather during bloom allowed the vines to set a large crop. Increased yields were the result of more berries, not larger berries. This translated into even higher quality in the winery, as the skin-to-juice ratio remained ideal. Slightly cooler-than-average post-veraison weather and a lack of any heat events allowed for greatly extended hang time. Harvest was 2-3 weeks later than average, and the grapes arrived at the winery in pristine condition.
Stout Vineyard’s coveted mountain fruit has yielded a complex and beautifully structured Merlot. The aromas reveal both the sweet and the savory, with notes of Italian leather and tapenade mingling with hints of violet and vanilla bean. On the palate, lovely flavors of cassis, cranberry, eucalyptus and graphite are supported by fine dusty tannins that carry the wine to a long, firm finish.
Cooperage 100% French Oak, Chateau-Style Barrels (60 gallons) Barrel Aging: 18 Months Age of Barrels: 85% New, 15 second vintage