Appearance of Dark inky violet with red rim with an aroma of berry & cherry notes with a hint of smoke and tobacco. On the palate dark rich cherry & raspberry with hints of espresso and a hint of licorice & black pepper.
Grapes were handpicked into ½ ton picking bins; clusters were sorted by hand before being de-stemmed. Under-ripe and damaged fruit was removed during the sorting process. All grapes entered the open top bins whole berry.
Each varietal fermented the wine to dryness over 15-17 days. During fermentation, punched down two to four times daily to extract ripe tannins and intense flavors from the skins. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel to help incorporate the oak; blending took place in June of 2014. Merlot is blended with the other varietals early on to allow wine to mature over time before any final blending adjustments are made. After blending, the wine was returned to French oak barrels for additional barrel aging prior to bottling.