This 1997 Merlot represents a bigger, richer style of Merlot. In a word, "More". Dark Ruby in color, the wine is full bodied with a rich fruitness. Small, dark-colored berries from older vines continue to give us exceptional concentration of and flavor. Grown on sandy loam soil this vineyard produces extreme black cherry and plum aromas and flavors, along with hints of spice and vanilla. Cabernet Franc (included for the first time in the blend) and Cabernet Sauvignon add additional complexity, structure, and roundness to the wine. This vintage will continue to develop and gain suppleness over the next five to seven years.