LCBO Vintages Release
A warm, dry spring brought on early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. In the weeks after Labor Day, a moderate heat event followed by a period of perfect weather created a dream scenario for end-of-season ripening. Rain was not a factor, and for the second vintage in a row, the quality of the grapes was exceptional throughout Napa Valley. The 2013 harvest was early and even. All of the estate’s fruit reached the winery by October 10th.
This gorgeous wine displays intense aromas of ripe cherry, followed by more nuanced elements of cedar, sweet spices, orange peel and cigar box. On the palate, layers of black raspberry and spiced plum mingle with savoury notes of nutmeg and graphite. With firm, well-integrated tannins that extend the finish, this beautifully structured Merlot also promises great aging potential. A blend of 88% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc.
“Solidly built, with a lively, focused core and aromas of dark berry and spice mixed with sleek flavours of cherry and licorice. Drink now through 2027. 48,300 cases made.”
90 points, Wine Spectator, Nov 2016