2011 Merlot
2011 Merlot

Merlot, with its flavors of cassis and black cherry, accompanied by soft tannins and silky mouth feel, stands out as a very easy drinking wine. This is a varietal that does very well, year after year, on our gentle sloping vineyards. As a key component in our Lake William blend, Merlot contributes deep amethyst hues and dark berry flavors.

It was bottled unfined and unfiltered delivering these delightful flavors intertwined with a hint of toasty vanilla on the finish. This wine was cave aged and was released when our winemaker determined it was ready for full enjoyment. Best to consume five to ten years from harvest.


Press

2011 Merlot
April 1st, 2014

92 Points. Gold Medal Exceptional. Beverage Testing Institute. Garnet color. Aromas of cedar, vanilla, spicy nougat, and dried cherries and tomatoes with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy plum tart, baking spices and herb bread accented finish. A finesseful and savory merlot that will sing at the table.

"92 Points Gold Medal Exceptional"

2011 Merlot
April 1st, 2014

90 Points. Gold Medal. Wine Enthusiast. What this 100% Merlot lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in the sheer power of its fruit. It’s rich and spicy in black cherry, milk chocolate, red licorice and oak, after being aged for 20 months in 100% new French barrels. With thick but refined tannins, it’s drinkable now. - S. Heimoff (June, 2014)

"90 Points Gold Medal"


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