2010 Reserve Merlot
2010 Reserve Merlot
The steepest and most shallow soils on our estate are found in the top eleven rows of our Tailings Vineyards, where Merlot is planted. As these rows of vines naturally struggle and produce tiny berries with very concentrated flavors, these grapes are always fermented separately from the others. In 2010, the fruit from these rows was so exceptional, we bottled it separately, producing our Reserve Merlot.

 
The 2010 vintage is only the second Reserve Merlot made at Jarvis Estate.  It is only when our winemaker, Ted Henry, and our wine Consultant, Dimitri Tchelistcheff, deicde that the wine is extraordinary does it get the title of reserve. This Reserve is 100% Merlot and was cave fermented. Before bottling, the 2010 Reserve Merlot aged 24 months in new French oak, allowing its dark berry flavors to develop. It was bottled unfiltered and unfined and was released in June 2014, when winemaker Ted Henry felt that it was ready for your enjoyment.

Press

2010 Reserve Merlot
June 3rd, 2014

96 Points. Platinum Medal. Beverage Testing Institute. Garnet violet black color.  Elegant aromas of dark berries, chocolate toffee, and baking spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, mocha, apple and mineral nuanced finished with perfected integrated tannins.  A remarkably flavorful and polished merlot that will be great with filet mignon.  

"96 Points"

2010 Reserve Merlot
June 3rd, 2014

93 Points. Gold Medal. Cellar Selection. Wine Enthusiast. As rich as Jarvis' regular 2010 Merlot is, the Reserve is even bigger. It is, in a word, massive, offering a nuclear detonation of cherries, currants and mocha, even something sweety meaty, like the charred fat on a steak. At this tender age, it lacks subtlety. But it's a complex, tannic wine that should develop well in the cellar. Give it 6-7 years. - S. Heimoff (September, 2013)

"93 Points Gold Cellar Selection"


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