Opening with aromas of strawberry, raspberry and bright cherry our 2012 Merlot pleases with a touch of mint, spice and pepper on the palate. Balanced, ripe tannins and a silky texture lead to a long enjoyable finish.
The 2012 vintage across Monterey was the easiest growing season in years with few challenges. A mild spring led to a good fruit set. Summer and fall brought warm temperatures, but no heat waves. The large crop and very full cluster development made for an extended growing season. With little to no disease pressure, the clean, elegant, almost crystalline wines show the best balance we have seen since 2009.
The grapes for our 2012 Merlot were hand harvested during the middle of October. The wine underwent a three day cold soak with a nine day fermentation that was followed by a three day extended maceration. The wine was then aged in 10% French oak (balance stainless steel) for 9 months.