This 2010 Merlot has upfront, bright aromatics with berries, kirsch, and holly. A second wave follows with a dusting of cardamom, and brambles. It stands with a lean composure, great acidity, and high tones. Cherries and pomegranate are pronounced on the palate with hints of allspice. An impressive backbone and mouthfeel will allow this merlot to age for quite some time.
Yet another difficult growing season. Spring was erratic giving us plenty of rain after the fruit set and heat spikes followed soon after that. We were on our toes adjusting with each jab nature gave us. Yields were down 30% and the fruit that we deemed worthy enough to survive the cluster thinning and green drops were immensely round and intense. The Merlot yields were down to about 2 tons and acre and the Cabernet yields down to about 1.5 tons an acre. As a result there isn't much to go around this vintage so get them while you can.