Hints of chocolate and black fruits in the nose.
Despite its’ youth, the 1997 Merlot is forward and well integrated, with creamy, ripe fruit flavors, big tannins, super- concentrated with a long lingering full finish.
The grapes for our 1997 Merlot were carefully chosen from a small handful of prestigious vineyards.
Vineyards: Napanook, Rancho Chimiles, Caldwell Vineyard, Hossfeld Vineyard, Moon Vineyard.
Bottled, unfined and unfiltered.
The lots for this wine were made from fully ripe grapes, brought to the winery in small bins and de-stemmed only. The whole berries are then fermented with wild yeasts.
The Merlot is aged in a combination of new (80%) small French oak barrels, and one-year-old small French oak barrels for approximately 18 months.
Intense, deep, red-purple color.