2007 'Estate' Merlot
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It begins with a softly fragrant nose of old roses and stone fruit tree blossoms, followed by hints of cedar, vanilla, and cinnamon spice. The mouth feel is full and well balanced with good acid structure and nicely integrated tannins. Notes of red fruit, rose, and stone fruit expand to raspberry, vanilla, and cedar in the mid palate and finish with lovely notes of espresso and hard spices. The structure and intensity of this wine have reached a lovely balance with age. Wine Spectator rates this year as 91+ for the Monterey growing region and describes it as an excellent year, ideal in warmth with ripe complex wines being produced from this vintage.
2012 Orange County Wine Society- Bronze
Our Estate Merlot is grown deep in the Corral de Tierra at the foot of Mount Toro between the Santa Lucia Highlands and the Carmel Valley in Monterey County in what John Steinbeck called “the pastures of heaven”. The vineyard is organically farmed to accentuate the terroir of this most unusual area.
Our Estate Merlot is fermented in small open top fermentors that are punched down three times a day to manage the tannins while extracting intense color and flavors. The wine is aged 22 months in 25% new French oak and 75% two and three year old French oak barrels. Additional aging in the bottle has resulted in a wine showing a lovely balance between flavor and structure. It offers both velvety tannins and complex fruit.
(May 25, 2013 at 6:04 PM)