Blend: 100% Merlot
Cooperage: 9 months in a combination of French and American oak
Harvest Date: 10/5/12 - 10/10/12
Harvest Brix: 23.6 – 24.5°
Total Acidity: 6.2 g/L
Cases Produced: 272
Tasting Notes & Food Pairing
Beginning with pronounced aromatics of blackberry and black cherry, the 2012 Merlot leans on the fruitier side of the spectrum; generating a more subtle introduction to earthiness on the nose. The palate generates a light to medium bodied richness, full of dark fruits with a hint of anise and toasted nuts. Fine tannins braced by good acidity make this wine a perfect partner for many foods. Pair this wine with traditional French Onion Soup, sharp cheeses, or a juicy beef burger topped with Stilton cheese and caramelized onions.
Drink now through 2019+
With the perfect balance of warm temperatures and occasional rainfall, the 2012 season turned into an exceptional vintage. Bud break occurred during mid-March, about five weeks earlier than usual, and set the tone for the rest of the season. Rivaling the impeccable 2010 vintage, 2012 also saw a large number of growing degree days, ideal for fully ripened grapes and bold wines. Due to the below average rainfall throughout the summer months, disease pressure remained low, allowing fruit to thrive with little intervention.
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