92 points - Gold Medal Beverage Testing Institute 2008 World Wine Championships
This year’s Merlot harvest stretched from September 26th to October 19th due to the fact that we picked each zone when it was at its maximum potential. Merlot is a varietal that does very well year after year on our gentle sloping vineyards. It is often a key varietal in the Lake William blend, contributing deep amethyst hues and elegant flavors. Another small portion of Merlot was bottled by itself as a varietal wine. Before bottling, this 2005 vintage aged 18 months in new French Nevers oak, allowing the wine time to integrate its red berry flavor characteristics into a wine particularly food friendly. This wine has been cave aged and was released when our winemaker felt it was ready for full enjoyment. Best to consume within ten years.