Wine.comHarvest season 1999 was cooler than usual and kept us waiting anxiously until the first week of October to begin picking. The incredible intensity of the resulting fruit was well worth the wait. The resultant 1999 JARVIS Merlot is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Our winemaker, Dimitri Tchelistcheff chose to ferment half of the grapes for this wine in our 5 ton rotary fermentation tank which allows the wine a greater area of exposure to the cap (skins and pulp) during fermentation. This increased cap exposure helps to enhance the varietal flavor and intense color of this wine. Barrel aged for 18 months in new french Nevers oak, this wine's aroma hints of rich fruit, violets, and toasty vanilla. The spectacular ripe plum and spicy dark cherry flavors of this wine linger through its elegant finish. Although very approachable and ready for enjoyment upon release, with proper aging this wine will continue to age beautifully over the next 8-10 years.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 89 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: drink now<br/>