(2012 Vintage) the 2012 growing season was one of the most stellar in decades. Vineyards were at their maximum potential. Ideal weather during bud break and fruit setting allowed grapes to mature as close to perfect as we’ve seen in some time.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesLong on optimally ripened black-cherries and filled out with lots of creamy oak spice, this generous, very well-stuffed Merlot hits the varietal mark smartly both in terms of its fruity definition and its supple, slightly fleshy feel. It is firmed by a nice bit of integral tannin with nary a hint of toughness, and, while it requires little in the way of aging, it has the structure to keep for more than a few years.