The wine opens with lifted aromatics of violet and cacao supported by a lovely fruit set of plum, dried blueberry, and raspberry. Savory tones of porcini mushroom, leather, and graphite broaden the mid-palate, bringing detail and nuance to the wine’s mid-weight frame. The finish is persistent with lingering notes of dark berry fruit, cedar, and black tea. The 2019 was harvested by hand in late September, cluster sorted, de-stemmed, and pressed. The Merlot was fermented in concrete (80%), and stainless steel (15%) while the Cabernet Franc, at 5% of the final blend, was fermented in open top neutral oak puncheon. After fermentation both the Merlot and Cabernet Franc were aged in neutral French oak 45HL Foudre (12 months) and 225L barrel (8 months).
The 2019 Merlot is a real powerhouse. Rich dark fruit, leather, tobacco, grilled herbs and chocolate are dialed up. This extroverted, dense Merlot is going to need at least a decade to come into its own. Today, it is almost shockingly concentrated. Readers will find a Merlot that is mostly an expression of place rather than of variety. I loved it