As we are our own most enthusiastic consumers of our older Merlots, we get a frontrow seat of the beautiful arc of development that these wines display. While older Cabernets often blossom and expand aromatically while the texture softens, our Merlots gain additional depth and richness to their texture as they age. Great vintages only increase this potential, and 2019 is a great vintage of Merlot.
Perfect rainfall and a long, warm growing season set the stage for a powerfully structured wine that is built for the long haul, with aromas of black cherry, ripe plum, coffee, and dried herbs. Drink now with plenty of air—a jaunt in a decanter wouldn’t be out of order—or tuck it away for a few years before enjoying with roast chicken and mushrooms. RW