The wine has aromas of black cherry, cassis and blueberry jam topped with beautiful wood and herbed spice components. Flavors broaden to include blackberry and ripe raspberry accented with clove and coffee. The body of the wine is opulent, but big and balanced with a persistent finish.
The surprisingly fine, dense ruby-colored 2001 Merlot Estate exhibits a sweet nose of chocolatey black cherries, herbs, and mocha, red as well as black fruits, and subtle oak. This is a tasty, complex Merlot for drinking now and over the next 4-5 years.
|Blend: 75% Merlot, 21% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot,
1% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Chalk Hill
Ageing: Twenty months, 52% new French oak
Harvested: October 5 - 19, 1999
Brix 23.9º, T.A. 6.4 g/l, pH 3.60
Bottled: July 17 -18, 2001, T.A. 6.1 g/l, pH 3.68