Tasting Notes

Our 2006 Merlot is densely packed with luscious, intense flavors of ripe currants, black cherries and Italian plums. Hints of Asian spices and floral notes mingle with touches of chocolate mousse, nutmeg, cinnamon and earth scents. Rich,
layered and concentrated, this plush Merlot finishes with a smooth, refined elegance.

The Year

Mother Nature provided us with a classic wine-growing season. The spring was a little wetter than normal, but this extra moisture did not cause any problems because it was so early in the year. Bud break started around the third week in April, and very warm, sunny days filled the summer. We had plenty of heat units to fully ripen the grapes. The 2006 vintage wines boast exceptional fruit intensity, showcasing remarkable acidity and balance.

Viticulture

Entirely estate; Certified Sustainable and Salmon Safe.
Founding member of VINEA.

Wine Specifics

Varietals: 92% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc
Vineyards: 49% Pepper Bridge, 51% Seven Hills

 

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Awards & Accolades

“Good deep red. Sexy aromas of currant, tobacco and smoky oak. Sauve and harmonious in the mouth, with a youthful menthol quality and nicely integrated oak. This boasts a Bordeaux-like restraint and plenty of incipient complexity. Finishes with serious tongue-dusting tannins and good juicy grip and length.”
– Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

“This Merlot-dominated blend includes 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, and 2% Cabernet Franc. There’s a lovely floral top note to the aromas, anise, some cocoa, and a pleasing dusty character. The fruit is still young and tart, the tannins carry flavors of leaf and olive.”
– Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast

Full Acclaim