This Merlot, comprised of 100% Merlot, is a refined and ageable expression of the varietal. Grown in our Rutherford vineyard, this well balanced wine showcases aromas of bing cherry, cassis, anise, liquorice and vanilla. On the palate this wine reveals an additional layer of blackberry followed by a smoky, cassis finish. An elegant Merlot that will age well.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2002 Vintage) We like this wine's open and available cherry-like character and we like its sense of frontal richness, but as it tightens and shows a rather narrow and nervy back end, it loosens its grasp on fruit. We are not quite ready to bet on its future, but a few years of age just might turn the trick and allow for the added expansion its full recommendation requires.
Wine Spectator(1999 Vintage) "Smooth, rich and creamy-textured, with beautifully orchestrated currant, mocha, blackberry and plum flavors that are sharply focused, deep and concentrated. Long, complex aftertaste. Best from 2004-2012"