Stylishly sincere and powerful, the 2018 Merlot initiates the senses with initial aromas that emphasis plum, black cherry, crème de cassis, humus, and tobacco. Full bodied, plentiful and complete flavors embrace the palate and echo the relationship of fruit and earth that ultimately finishes with plush tannins that are liberal and lasting.
February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.