Our 2009 Cabernet-Merlot combines some of the best attributes of both
varietals to produce a velvety-smooth, yet delightfully full-flavored wine.
We’ve captured Merlot’s lush, plummy aromas and silky black cherry flavors
along with the more structured blackberry character of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Hints of sandalwood, mocha, and vanilla oak lend a nice bit of spice to the
wine. This easygoing wine pairs well with a wide variety of dishes, from
grilled hamburgers and steak to barbecued chicken or sausage ragout.
|Wine maker notes
|We harvested the grapes when they reached their optimum flavor maturity
and sugar-to-acid balance, then rushed them to our nearby winery for gentle
crushing. We fermented the must (juice and skins) with a selected yeast
strain in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to retain fruitiness, and
then oak aged the wine for complexity. We "married” the Cabernet-Merlot
for several more months, with judicious amounts of oak, to achieve just the
right balance of fruit and toasted oak spices.
|14.0% abv Residual Sugar:1.0 g/l