Tasting Notes

The bright aromas in the 2009 Merlot consist of cherries, blackberries, boysenberries and plums intertwine with notes of spice, cedar, and crushed gravel. Silky tannins introduce smooth, full flavors of Bing cherries, cassis, dark chocolate, and cola. Layers of spiciness and mouthwatering acidity linger throughout the lengthy finish.

The Year

Spring started off wet and cool, delaying bud break. May heated up quickly, but then led to a cycle of temperature fluctuations. Although the weather was variable throughout the summer and kept us guessing, the vines ultimately delivered a crop of smaller berries with very concentrated flavors and smooth tannins. Intense flavors and colors, combined with subtle minerality and bright acidity are the signature of this vintage.

Viticulture

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

Wine Specifics

Varietals: 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec
Vineyards: 55% Seven Hills, 45% Pepper Bridge

 

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Awards & Accolades

“Heady and ripe, redolent of black cherries and plums, this wine has a patina of oak that feels substantial without being obtrusive. The flavors are sleek and forward, the tannins fine and persistent, though they hardly lack for grip. With a year or two in the cellar, this will match a county pate.”
– Wine & Spirits, 91 points

“Spicy, peppery and still a bit sharp, this Merlot- dominated blend include fruit from both estate vineyards — Seven Hills Vineyard and Pepper Bridge Vineyard. It shows the seamless polish that marks all of Jean-François Pellet’s wines. The finish is focused and long, with delicious highlights of cinnamon and dark chocolate.”
– Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, 90 points

Full Acclaim