A Merlot for Cabernet lovers – black currant, cassis and ripe cherry aromas follow through in a sweet lush mid-palate. Candied fruit flavors and velvety tannins are balanced with bright natural acidity, providing a long finish with suggestions of chocolaty mocha. This wine's strong structure and spice is from our own Howell Mountain fruit, while its round femininity comes from Calistoga to create a perfect textural balance.
We let our 2011 fruit stay on the vine until was RIPE... there's nothing 'green' about this wine. Its dark ruby hue leads to thoroughly ripe aromas and flavors of red cherry, espresso and clove. The rich mid-palate gushes with candied cherry, cassis and currant character framed with chewy yet elegantly fine tannins. Masculine structure and spice from Howell Mountain marry perfectly with the round femininity of Calistoga to create a perfect textural balance.