2014 Vintner Select Merlot
Our Vintner Select Merlot is intensely aromatic, ripe and luscious, with knock-out flavors of plum, chocolate, cedar, blueberry, fig and toasted almond. The mouthfeel is classic merlot, with a thick, round texture and layers of ripe, opulent fruit. The minutes-long finish is characteristic of our hillside estate.
This merlot was selected, as it most often is, from our Lower Mountain Top vineyard block, which is one of the absolute best sites on our estate. The same wine contributes to our Reserve Claret, but as a stand-alone wine it is able to showcase the profundity and complexity of merlot at its very best.
|Release Date:||January 2017|
The Wine Advocate: Issue 233, October 31st, 2017 - Rating: 94+
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Merlot Vintner's Select delivers notions of warm black plums, blueberry pie and spice cake with hints of anise, potpourri and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, soft, plush and oh-so-spicy in the mouth, it fills the palate with black fruit preserves and just enough freshness, finishing long with a minty kick. 561 cases were made.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: November 2017 - Rating: 92
As with the Reserve Claret, this wine comes with a fair dollop of dusty oak in its makeup, but here, that oak plays a tad on the bold side. That said, it is still ripe and convincing fruit rather than oak that takes the lead and stays in tip-top form from front to back. The wine is full in body, solidly structured and capable of gaining both suppleness and layering over the next six to ten years without losing as much as a step.
California Grapevine: Volume 43, October 2017 - Rating: 91
Medium-dark ruby; attractive, ripe, spicy, plum and blackberry fruit aroma with a hint of milk chocolate; full body; ripe, concentrated, cedary, dark fruit flavors with good depth, a note of sweet oak, and a plummy richness in the mouthfeel; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. The rich fruit and controlled tannin makes the wine very appealing to drink now, though best to give it at least several more years of aging. Very highly recommended
Wine Spectator: Web Only- 2018 - Rating: 90
Finely textured, with lots of green olive notes to the raspberry and red currant flavors. The savory finish lingers with plenty of spiciness. Drink now through 2019. 561 cases made.–KM