2011 Reserve Estate Merlot
At the direction of winemaker Alison Doran, our vineyard crew carefully prunes and grooms each vine to yield the best fruit possible. We hand pick and sort each cluster on the day of harvest and deliver the fruit to the crush pad within just a few hours. Following a four day cold-soak, and after the initial yeast fermentation, the wine is kept in contact with the skins and pulp and a second fermentation, a bacterial process, is induced to generate softness and viscosity. The new wine is placed in an assortment of the best quality French, American and Hungarian oak barrels. Our procedures require gentle handling of the wine from vineyard to bottle, a process we consider vital to our high standard of quality. To our Merlot, Alison has artfully blended a small amount of Petite Verdot, which adds to the complexity of the wine.
This Merlot offers gorgeous aromas of ripe black cherry, cassis and a hint of black licorice, and flavors of cassis and sandalwood kissed with a touch of French oak spice. It is beautifully balanced, with the tannins supporting the fruit structure, ensuring that the wine’s youthful exuberance will mature into elegance with time.