2018 Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
2018 was such a spectacular vintage that we decided to leave a few barrels in the cellar for extended aging—an experiment in flavor and time. The result is our inaugural vintage of Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a complex, savory, and luxurious blend of Estate Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot from the legendary Farella vineyard elevaged for 32 months in French oak. The fruit was hand harvested at night to retain freshness and acidity. After a 5 day cold soak in tank, the wines began native fermentation. Two volumes of pumpovers per day, backing off at dryness, and pressing between 15-21 days. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation completed in barrel, 100% French oak, 75% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
A gorgeous blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, dashed with Petit Verdot, the wine opens with aromas of cocoa, blue fruits, wet earth, and flowers—at once intriguing and beguiling. Layers of cocoa and cassis unfold on the supple palate, backed by notes of leather and tobacco. The extended time in French oak delivers a soft yet powerful structure, along with fine tannins that practically melt into a long finish. A fantastic wine for red and game meats. Enjoy now and over the next 10+ years!