(From 2009 Vintage) Explosive aromas of ripe berries, fresh lilac and white pepper demand attention, and are mirrored in the lush and juicy flavors of fresh brambly blackberries and boysenberry preserve. Fine-grain French oak adds creaminess to the texture, while the American oak contributes notes of spice that linger through a long, rich finish. Ideal cellar time is two to seven years from vintage date. Pair with short ribs, grilled pork, fresh figs and blue cheeses.
Opaque, with a saturated purple-red color. The nose of the 1999 Merlot is bursting with aromas of black cherry, rose petals, spice and dried cocoa. A rich middle palate showing flavors of ripe cherry and red currant opens to an elegant frame with integrated tannins and a firm acidity reflective of the cool Rhinefarm vineyard climate.