|Wine Style||Red Wine|
|Appellation||Dry Creek Valley|
|Harvest Date||October 10 – 20, 2011|
|Aging||21 months in French and Hungarian oak; 24% new oak|
|Fermentation||Average 17 days in fermenters; pumped over twice daily|
Previous Vintage 88 Points - Top Value - Wine Spectator
The 2011 vintage of Merlot is indicative of the cool climate harvest conditions we experienced. At first swirl, the wine is bright and lively with enticing red fruit and spicy aromatics. A subtle bouquet of maraschino cherries, dried flowers and pepper begin to emerge after several minutes in the glass. The palate is full of wonderful high-toned fruits, combining a mixture of red cherry, black cherry and red plum. A spicy undertone of earthy complexity rounds out the mouthfeel with dusty elements that speak to the Dry Creek Valley appellation. The finish is full-bodied with a seamless and lingering aftertaste.