This wine's exceptional character comes from choice Central Coast grapes, primarily from Monterey County, a region
that provides the temperate climate, cool breezes and moist alluvial soils that Merlot loves. The Merlot was blended with
16% Syrah which added color and richness, and enhanced the wine's pure fruit flavors with just a hint of oak for
roundness and complexity.
The 2005 vintage displays classic Merlot attributes: bright ripe black cherry and plum aromas with subtle notes of spice
and chocolate; soft, juicy, balanced flavors; a smooth, supple texture with well-rounded tannins and bright acidity.
Enjoy this wine with wild mushroom pizza, spaghetti Bolognese, Cornish game hens, grilled
beef or lamb shanks.