This Merlot has true varietal blueberry aromas with subtle suggestions of cocoa and toasted oak. Ripe, juicy plum and cherry with the blueberry jamminess on the palate. Hints of pomegranate / grenadine in a supple, smooth but unsweet, lingering finish.
Food Recommendation: This is a very versatile wine that matches well with nearly every food, except the lightest fish or fowl. Especially good with lamb, roast, grilled beef, full-flavored red sauces and homey dishes like sausages and polenta.
Winemaker's Notes: The 2001 growing season was unusual because the normal gentle spring rains and cool weather were interrupted by a very warm week that made a meager set of the cluster flowers known as "shatter". This natural thinning and yield lessening by natural causes allowed greater flavor concentration in the remaining grapes. The autumn ripening was very moderate and mild.