2012 Merlot | Estate Grown LIBRARY
With only a few precious bottles remaining, this wine comes from our Legacy Estate Vineyard, planted originally in 1963, and is an outstanding example of a Merlot Wine that is built to age. Like all of the wines from this vineyard, which was removed in 2017, it embodies the brilliant fruit/acid balance which is a hallmark of the winemaking style employed by our former Winemaker, Anthony Austin, who serves RRV as a consulting winemaker to this day. All of the Merlot grapes from this vineyard had to be carefully farmed because the climate is to cool for Merlot, by conventional standards. It was a challenge to ripen the grapes under these conditions, but the result pays off with a Merlot that displays unusually good balance & complexity, and which ages exceptionally well.