2011 Vintner Select Merlot
Aromas of ripe cherry, seductive blue fruit, floral notes, and a hint of brown sugar introduce a wine with a lush, supple palate and finish that lingers. This is a classic example of Merlot as a variety – likeable and pretty with flavors that enhance each other to create a melodious experience. The wine is 100% Clone 3 Merlot from our Lower Mountain Top vineyard block, also the source of the Merlot component of our Reserve Claret.
|Release Date:||January 2014|
California Grapevine: Volume 40 - Rating: 91
Medium ruby color; attractive, relatively mature, deep herbal, smoky, black cherry and dark berry fruit aroma with spicy notes and hints of brown sugar and roasted coffee bean; medium-full to full body; plush, herbal, red and black fruit flavors with good, depth, balance, and richness; medium-full tannin; lingering afterstaste. Appealing to taste now, though best to age for another three to five years. Very highly recommended.
The Wine Advocate: October 2014 - Rating: 91
The 2011 Merlot Vintner’s Select is 100% Merlot aged 20 months in 40% new French oak. A smaller cuvée of 418 cases, it reveals plenty of chocolaty, dense black cherry and plum-like fruit intermixed with hints of Asian spice, earth and tobacco leaf. This plump, chewy, sensual 2011 is best drunk over the next 7-8 years.