Nose

Delights the nose with a brilliant bouquet filled with ripe wild raspberry, Italian plum and red currant preserves, enhanced by nuances of star anise, dried tobacco leaf, sweet cream and ripe black olive.

Palate

The palate is equally alluring, opening with flavors of warm blueberry pie and crushed red cherries, transitioning to hints of spun sugar, fresh ground nutmeg and sweet oak that continue through the lasting finish and are backed by soft, silken tannins.

Growing Conditions

The 2010 vintage was cooler than usual during the growing season, but ended with a heat wave.

Harvest

Our Merlot was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in early through mid-October.

Winemaking

Fermentation took place at a high temperature to ensure that maximum extraction was achieved.

Aging

Racked to 35% new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for a total of 18 months before bottling.

Appearance

A bright ruby wine.

Food Pairing

Elegant and balanced, this wine would show famously alongside a savory, flavorsome dish such as scallion-and-brie-stuffed beef sliders. Additionally, it would create a memorable cheese course when served with Jarlsberg, a nutty, buttery cow’s milk cheese.