(From 2013 Vintage) The growing season of 2013 was perfect for winegrape growers: long, mild and dry. These optimal conditions allowed our merlot grapes to develop undisturbed, gathering balance and complexity that can be seen in this year’s vintage. Darker ruby in the glass than previous years, the wine hints of sweet basil and other summer herbs on the nose. Swiftly followed by a rich and round entry of black cherries and ripe plums, the silky fruit embraces the palate. Soft yet enveloping tannins finish the wine with touches of roasted cocoa and toasty oak from 10 months of aging in American oak barrels.
The long growing season of 1999 delivered grapes from our Clarksburg vineyards full of ripeness and rich in development. The resulting wine is our most distinctive and complex Merlot yet! Aromas of ripe cherries and plums framed in spicy oak compliment this perfectly balanced Merlot. On the palate the abundant fruit is beautifully integrated with the soft, yet ample tannins. Enjoy this wine with a wide range of meals: from pasta with a light red sauce to hearty meat dishes. Pair with grilled la...
Wine Spectator(From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 81/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/99