Amour Merlot 2012

Perfect ruby color, purity and precision, the wine is energetic and alive in the mouth leaving no doubt why this estate grown, single-vineyard Merlot has repeatedly won gold medals.


Pairing Notes

The wine is a melding of noble character and fine elegance with great style - This is Merlot as it was meant to be, an ideal pairing for chocolate desserts, excellent with soft meats such as pork chop, rack of lamb or filet mignon. more . . .


Tasting Notes

The color is a dark ruby-red with mauve highlights. The nose is fine, fruity, and vivacious, with hints of black fruit with ripe as well as roasted nuances. Rich and silky caresses the palate, the full, fresh flavor develops beautifully, and the elegant tannin and aromatic richness complement one another from beginning to end. Fresh and well-balanced, this vintage will age gracefully, but can also be enjoyed as of now.


Production Notes

Cases produced = 252


Winemaker Notes

A classic vintage from start to finish. Textbook conditions in 2012 saw near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool and often foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rains held off until our wine grapes found optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into the cellar. The abundance of perfectly ripe grapes with a smooth balance of acids and sugars provided the opportunity to cull only the most select fruit, intentionally farming to lower yields bringing only the very best grape to harvest that results in wines acclaimed for their high quality in the bottle.


Cooperage Notes

French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.


StyleRed Bordeaux
AppellationDry Creek Valley
VarietalMerlot
PairingChocolate
Alcohol14.50%
Bottle750ml
Bottled2014-08-18
Drinkable2015 - 2020
ph Level3.37