The 2006 Estate Merlot leads with enticing aromas of black cherry, spice, brown sugar, mint, and vanilla. On the palate, the wine's plush, silky texture and fine tannins carry flavors of caramel, cola, pepper, and red apple skin. The overall impression is one of richness and balance.
The 2006 vintage started with a relatively wet spring. In July, we saw a dramatic stretch of 100 Degrees-plus days. Fortunately, the berries were still small, green and hard, and the heat spike had little-to-no effect on wine quality. Temperatures during the harvest months were ideal, resulting in a long, cool end to the growing season.