Amour Merlot 2015
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 extending to plum-like aromas with hints of herbs and spice, showing complexity of fruit. On the palate, luscious, creamy cherry, slight date fruit and dark chocolate texture carries plenty of fruit, the licorices extending the flavor profile, with soft, supple, slightly earthy tannin and cedar finish.
Only 422 cases produced.
The work done in this 35 year-old vineyard is fastidious - severe pruning, regular discing to fine tune the soil, de-leafing, crop-thinning and manicuring the clusters following verasion to allow perfect ripening of the fruit. The grapes are manually harvested in one early morning pass and sorted. Fermentation is carried out gently, in temperature-controlled 5-ton stainless steel tanks then this pure Merlot is aged in French oak barrels for 22 months.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.