Merlot is the most misunderstood of the Bordeaux varietals. At its best, it can produce powerful and compelling wines, as anyone who has savored a great vintage from Italy’s Tuscany region or from one of Bordeaux’s famed Right Bank chateaus can attest. The 2008 vintage allowed us the opportunity to produce a more approachable style of Merlot, softer up front without losing any of its structure for longevity. A wine to age -- not just gracefully, but extraordinarily.
2008 Merlot $58 (Sold Out) (165 cases produced)
Strawberry infused with rich, heavy currant. The fruit is tightly bound with caramel and vanilla tones, chased by an underlayment of sandalwood and scorched earth. Swirling releases torrents of red berry fruit, virtually perfect in ripeness. The palate is packed with veins of dense fruit and superfine tannins. Displaying an exceptional balance between texture and acidity, this wine offers early drinking pleasure coupled with sufficient vigor and backbone to age gracefully for ten to fifteen years. A feminine wine that harbors underlying masculine power and strength.
This wine was tasted using a Riedel Vinum XL Cabernet glass.
Allow the bottle to warm to slightly below room temperature before opening. Pour the wine into a decanter and swirl mildly every 15 minutes over a period of 45 minutes to an hour.
Your glassware should be tall and broad, preferably Cabernet in style. The ideal glass is the Riedel Vinum XL Cabernet. 7/1/2011-12/1/2011
The wine will be tasted, and the drinkability will be updated every six months.