(1998 Vintage) Weather conditions for the season were near ideal with total heat units slightly above average accompanied by a long, mild fall. Some early rainfall did occur in September but the weather returned to a warm pattern that is ideal for grape maturation. As a consequence, 1997 is considered one of the better recent vintages in terms of varietal color, extraction, and flavors. Our 1997 Merlot is definitely powerful. A dark ruby color highlighted by purple introduces gorgeous blackberry fruit aromas br...
As the wine is swirled in the glass, aromas of cedar, raspberry and blackberry, cinnamon and leather rise to caress the nose. The palate is rewarded with ripe, red fruit dusted with cocoa powder and cinnamon. The mid-palate is generous, yet focused fruit, leading to lingering fine grain tannins. Enjoy this wine with a New York Strip steak with Merlot sauce and bleu cheese!
Wine Advocate(1995 Vintage) Rating: 78/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 119 on Oct-98
Wine Spectator(1995 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Wine Enthusiast(1997 Vintage)
Wine & Spirits(1998 Vintage)