(From 2010 Vintage) Dark crimson in color, this 2013 displays distinctive aromas of bergamot tea along with cassis, black cherry, and mocha. More of a ripe style, this Merlot has a seductive palate filled with notes of blackberry, forest floor and dried herbs coupled with dust and minerality. Medium bodied, this is a very elegant and delicious Merlot that is approachable now, but will improve over the next two years. - Mark R. Lyon, Winemaker
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines13% Cabernet Sauvignon; 6% Syrah; 3% Cabernet Franc; 3% Petit Verdot. Here is an open and fairly direct wine that delivers suggestions of cherries along with a dollop of sweet oak, and its somewhat rounded and supple texture is very much the stuff of Merlot. It is low in tannin and very approachable now, and only a want of a bit more drive and intensity holds it back from one-star award.