For our Dry Creek Valley Merlot, we crushed the Merlot grapes together with Petite Sirah to achieve dark fruit flavors and enhance the tannic structure in the wine. The grapes were cold soaked to extract vivid color and flavor. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged on fine lees to soften the mouthfeel. Our Merlot was aged for seven months in a combination of French and American oak barrels to impart notes of chocolate and vanilla in the finished wine
Deep Ruby/Purple in colour with intense, rich, dark berry and vanilla pod aromas with a hint of clove spice. Very good fruit intensity of dark plum and cassis on the palate, with well integrated oak. The wine has soft velvety tannins and a good length.
A sumptuously deep garnet-red. A rich bouquet, with scents of red berry fruits, blackcurrants and blackberries, perfectly melded with attractive vanilla notes. Soft yet well-structured, with hints of wild berry fruits (especially raspberries and blackberries) and spices. A very long finish.