The Laughing Lands Vineyard, originally planted in 1989, has proven itself to be a site of distinction. We are proud to offer the 2018 Merlot as its inaugural release. It is a dark, muscular, juicy wine with aromas of ripe cherries, cocoa, with hints of licorice on its rich, round, plump mid-palate. The wine finishes with a smooth structure of fine-grained tannins. Drink now and into the 2030s.
Merlot was hand-picked at night and sorted and destemmed before being put in tank to be fermented with native yeast. After fermentation, the wine was drained and barreled down to 80% new French oak, including Darnajou, Sylvain, Taransaud, and Atelier coopers. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration after 20 months in oak.