2003 was an ideal vintage for us. Consistent temperatures allowed for very even ripening. We don't always get these...Read more...
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Got a few interesting crystals on initial pour (crunch!). This was pretty good on first day.. The only word I can come up with to decribe the nose is "lush". It's full, fruity (red berries?) but with a little heat. On the palate, however, the heat isn't really there. Instead there's almost fuzzy tannin, and a very extended finish with a mix of fruit and acid. On second day, though, yecchh
2003 was an ideal vintage for us. Consistent temperatures allowed for very even ripening. We don't always get these conditions (actually it's quite rare), so we try to capitalize on them when we do. But even under ideal conditions Merlot poses viticultural challenges, and just doesn't like to cooperate. Each year we further refine our farming technique to get the most out of this wonderful variety, and in 2003 we really nailed it. The 2003 Merlot is characterized by very expressive varietal aroma, followed by a rich, round attack, with plenty of volume and mid-palate weight. The elegant is highlighted by notes of licorice and cocoa, and as is so typical of our wines, an exotic, spicy, long lasting finish.
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