2008 'Estate' Merlot
This is a lush and full bodied Merlot. It offers stone fruit, plum and hints of rose geranium in the nose. On the palate, it begins with lush ripe plums and red berries and expands towards cassis, blueberry, vanilla, and the classic hard spice notes of cinnamon and clove. The cinnamon and clove notes carry one along to a finish of red fruits, espresso, and black pepper. The structure and intensity of this wine has aged into a lovely balance between acid, tannin, and fruit. This wine has a strong affinity for char – such as are found on grilled meats and vegetables. Its spice notes of cinnamon and clove also make it an intriguing choice for pairing with dessert items that incorporate those spices, such as some versions of chocolate mousse or cannoli filling.