2018 VS Merlot, Deux Chevaux Vineyard
A restrained and cerebral wine. The nose is accented with notes of underbrush and damp, fertile forest floor. The black-fruit core of Merlot is present here, but this wine possesses many more layers. Chocolatey tannins (think cocoa powder) are ever-present on the palate. A blueberry turnover flavor encapsulates the toasty blue fruit character and makes it delicious. The 5% Cabernet Franc addition gives this wine plenty of focus and tension.