2012 Merlot 3L
"Densely structured, mixing deep fruit with mineral-tinged tannins. Aromas of currant and olive lead to firm flavors of bitter chocolate, cedar and herb." - Tim Fish, Wine Spectator
This vintage is special. It was a challenge in the vineyard, a challenge in the winery, and even more of a challenge in the bottle. For those that have enjoyed it over the years, you know exactly what we are talking about. Challenges aside, over time, this vintage has come to be our favorite in the past 10 years. So, for that reason, we have chosen to bring it back in large format only. Partly because we have had numerous customers request it and partly because we want to see how beautifully this wine will continue to age in these large format bottles. This very special release 3L large format bottle is hand etched and wax sealed. A very limited quantity is available.
The 2012 is a blend of Merlot (85%) with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (15%). It is fermented and then aged in French oak—33% new—for 18 months before being bottled in the spring, then bottle-aged for an additional 18 months before release.