Nose

This distinctive mountain-top Merlot is dark and intense with notes of toasted cedar, wild brambleberry and smoky tobacco.

Palate

Ripe, fleshy black fruit and deep chocolate flavors give way to a velvety mouthfeel while soft oak tannins complement classic Howell Mountain minerality. This wine is drinking beautifully today, and will continue to develop for at least another 8 - 10 years.

Growing Conditions

A warm, dry spring brought early bud break, helped with canopy vigor and berry size and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With the exception of one heat spike in late June/early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. Two brief midSeptember rains had virtually no impact on the grapes. The vast majority of the more delicate skinned grapes had already been harvested and sunny weather with breezes followed the rains, allowing for the mostly Cabernet Sauvignon that remained to dry out almost immediately. The cooler, sunny weather throughout October allowed the final grapes still on the vine to linger longer, developing more phenolic and flavor maturities with sugar levels remaining steady. Vineyard: Three Tears Vineyard

Aging

22 Months, 100% French Oak.