2018 Merlot Estelle Vineyard
Merlot has truly become one of my favorite wines to make and drink. I liken it to George Clooney as an actor. Good looking, debonair, well dressed, works well with others and gets better with age. This Merlot was sourced from Estelle Vineyard which is located in the eastern portion of the Santa Ynez Valley providing great warmth and rocky alluvial soils, perfect for growing world-class Merlot. Grapes were destemmed and cold soaked for 5 days prior to native yeast fermentation. The wine was aged for 36 months sur lie in 30% new AP John American oak prior to bottling. The end result is a rich, elegant wine that will age beautifully for years to come.
Exotic aromas of sandalwood, vanilla, cherry, blackberry and plum, along with earth, nutmeg and chocolate. In the mouth juicy flavors of plum, black cherry and blackberry give way to a rich core packed with sweet oak, vanilla, chocolate and suede. The finish is long and smooth with well-balanced tannins that last.
Great wine for grilled meats and vegetables, along with savory charcuterie. Can lay down for up to 10 years, but if you can't wait, please decant.
Decanting is highly recommended