Amour Merlot 2013
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 . . .
A wonderfully expressive nose, full of berry and cherry aromas with hints of herbs and spice, hinting at the complexity of great fruit. On the palate, the luscious, creamy cherry-dark chocolate texture carries plenty of fruit, the licorices extending the flavor profile, with soft, supple, slightly earthy tannin and cedar finish.
The grapes are cold-soaked for pre-ferment maceration, fermented in small, temperature-controlled, open-top tanks with punch downs occurring as needed during fermentation followed by 30 to 45 days of post-ferment maceration. The free-run wine is then consigned to French oak Bordeaux barrels for approximately 22 months.
The 2013 vintage exceeded our expectations on both quality and quantity. “Early, even and excellent” are three words being used to describe the 2013 year growing season and the wine grapes that have come from it. A warm, dry spring brought early bud break, helped with canopy vigor and berry size and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set under sunny skies. With the exception of one heat spike in late June temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started optimal ripening producing epic fruit. The final wine quality in tank was excellent across the board for all varietals and appellations.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.