Grand Valley AVA

We crafted this wine to be soft and approachable, but still a structured, classic Merlot. The wine shows a lovely concentration of jammy fruit with a lingering, elegant finish complemented by softer, well-integrated tannins.

Spicy scents of ripe raspberry and candied sweet pie cherries accentuate this velvety smooth Merlot. It is nearly 100% Merlot with only a trace of Cabernet Franc blended in to add structure and complex, earthy scents of black currant. Hints of oak and vanilla on the finish add to the overall smoothness of the wine. This medium-bodied wine is drinkable now, but will reward bottle aging for at least 5 to 7 years.

September 2003

23 months

American & French oak barrels
March 2006

1265 cases

14.54 % Alc, pH 3.43
TA 6.24 g/l