Nose

Vibrant and youthful, our Rutherford Merlot opens with aromas of bright red fruit, white pepper and a delicate earthiness.

Palate

On the palate, the wine is soft, yet fruity and evokes the flavors of a freshly baked cherry tart. This Merlot is light but with compelling texture and a velvety, persistent finish. Enjoy now, or cellar 6 – 8 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 mid-September 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

Aging

22 Months in 100% French Oak, 40% New.