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2018 MERLOT - OAK KNOLL
From Orchard Avenue Vineyard located on the valley floor in the shadows of the Mayacamus Mountains, this vineyard sees less direct sun and heat than many which leads to late-ripening and prolonged hang times. This vineyard is always one of our last to be picked each harvest.
The wine is deep garnet with purple undertones. The expressive nose opens with baked plums, black cherry, hints of spice cake, herbs and dried roses. The medium-to-full palate offers an array of dark red berry fruit, currants, earth and spice along with soft dusty tannins on the medium-long finish. Already drinking nicely but benefits from time in the glass and should evolve for the next 8-10 years. In style, this is a cab-drinker's merlot.
Jeb Dunnuck 91 points
2016 James Suckling 92 points