2016 Merlot | Estate Grown LIBRARY
This wines comes from our Legacy Estate Merlot vineyard, which was first planted in 1963, and interplanted with Cabernet a decade or so later. As winemakers would now agree, it was not a good location for Merlot or Cabernet grapes. It was too cold, among other challenges. But this odd, hybrid vineyard is what Anthony Austin, RRV Winemaker at that time, and his apprentice, current Winemaker Giovanni Balistreri, inherited when they took ownership of the estate in 2008.
“The vineyard is characterized by slow ripening & high acidity. It’s really too cold for merlot. But if you can get it ripe, it really does add a dimension to Merlot that is rare. This really needs age to soften the tannins and the acid.” - Anthony Austin
From this singular & unique vineyard came several vintages of Merlot wines that are as distinctive as the vineyard itself. The cool weather slowed the ripening and increased the acid levels well beyond that of a typical Merlot. The result is a Merlot with higher acid that can soften over a long period of time and is uniquely structured to age beautifully.
The 2016 is the youngest of three remaining three vintages of this wine, with stronger fruit & acid characteristics than the older vintages. As the last vintage from this unique Merlot vineyard, this rare and special wine can be enjoyed now or well into the future.
Drink now or age another 7-10 years.