From very specific sites, Merlot can stand on it's own with the most noble and age worthy of the varietals. We have chosen to bottle a small amount of the Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard Merlot as a stand alone. 75% Merlot blended with 13% Malbec and 12% Petit Verdot makes for a rich and full wine, with classic ripe fruit and balanced structure, this wine showcases the best side of Merlot. Enjoy now or cellar for 6-8 years.
The nose reveals ripe dark fruit layered with aromatic
cedar spice notes, creating a tempting introduction
into this complex and full-bodied Merlot. A soft
entry gently exposes the firm structure as the wine
crosses the palate. Savor flavors of ripe boysenberry,
black currant and lingering luscious dark cherry that
expand into the long finish. Traces of forest floor weave
through the rich, dark fruit essence. As the wine opens,
a hint of creamy mocha oak appears, adding depth. A
lovely balance between the tannin, oak and delicious
fruit enhances the wine’s appeal and ageability.
When we first planted Merlot in our Bradford Mountain
Estate Vineyard in the 1980s, it was mostly used as a
blending component for our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
and Estate Cabernet Franc. In the mid and late 90s, my
father bottled small amounts of Merlot to showcase the
delicious depth of flavors capable from this varietal. These
wines have held up well for over 20 years.
After a 10-year hiatus of not bottling a varietal Merlot,
the quality of the grapes in 2012 convinced us to give
this noble variety another round in the spotlight. In
years when the grapes from our mountain vineyard are of
exceptional depth, we will continue to produce a Merlot
to satisfy its fervent fans.
Combining all the soft, plush quality that Merlot is
known for with the structure from grapes grown at our
mountain vineyard site makes for a wine I am truly proud
of and never shy to share at any gathering.
Food Pairing Notes
This hearty Merlot would be a great companion for a
meal of grilled wild game. It will also enrich a ribeye
steak dinner served with sautéed mushrooms and twice