Harris Vineyard is located in western Oakville, just east of the Branding Iron Vineyard. Nickel & Nickel's five acres are comprised of two blocks that offer a southern exposure and soil of gravelly clay loam. Thinning passes allow each cluster to hang freely, optimizing the trellis system, and taking advantage of the warm climate to reach full maturity.
The Harris Merlot is very consistent from vintage to vintage, and this wine is no exception. Beautiful berry and plum fruit integrate with flavors of sage, cigar, earth and dried herb. This vintage has an appealing dusty element and the oak adds a hint of char. The silky texture and round tannins carry these flavors through to a long, balanced finish.
"This is a great Merlot that's intensely concenrated and dazzlingly rich-everything you want a Merlot to be. It's power packed with black cherries, cherry liqueur, cocoa and sweet oak, with firm, hard tannins. That is, of course, the Nickel & Nickel style. It shows classic Oakville structure and hard-to-define elegance, making it one of the best merlots of the vintage."
"A crush of blackberries fill this luscious merlot, all about richness amd sweet oak. Give it time and the substantial structure begins to absorb some of the sweetness. It's a serious merlot for the cellar."
Wine & Spirits
"Tightly focused and well-balanced, with appealing red currant and tomato leaf aromas that lead to trim flavors of cherry, cedar and herb. Tannins kick in on the finish."