The 2012 Merriman Estate was made in only two barrels and shows the intense flavors that only the higher elevations of our vineyard can produce. You'll find sweet, oakey aromas with hints of cola and Indian spruce.
The front palate shows an initial red current and plum flavor, giving way to black fruits and a mid to end palate surge of the acids that made this vintage unique. Aromas of cola nut, cinnamon toast and wet underbrush persist throughout.
|Vintage:||2012||Grape Varietals:||100% Pinot Noir||ABV:||14.1%|
|Aging:||Aged in neutral French Oak barrels from the Vosges and Allier forests.|
|Serving Temp:||70 degrees Farenheit°F|
Grown at the highest elevation in our vineyard, these two blocks planted with Pommard and Wadenswil clones were allowed the longest hang time during the ripening phase of an especially warm growing season. The berries were hand sorted block by block, and only the more perfect berries allowed through to fermentation. Cold soaked for twenty days, the free run juice is bled off into the Rosé. New French oak from the Vosges and Allier forests are used to age the wine, giving it a fuller, silky palate.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|O0EE359002PNM||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 01671 6||1 0784585 01671 3||$50.00|
"Ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, exotic spices and potpourri, backed by subtle woodsmoke and incense notes. Sweet, seamless and focused on the palate, offering intense raspberry liqueur, spicecake and cola flavors that are lifted by a spine of juicy acidity. Delivers a solid punch but comes off lithe; a suave candied rose note drives the gently tannic finish. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (January 2018), 93 pts
"From vines planted in 1999, this nicely oaked effort shows full ripeness without sacrificing details of forest and mushroom. Cherry cola, iron ore and a palate-pleasing dose of barrel toast all contribute to the lengthy finish."
- Wine Enthusiast (October 2014), 92 pts
"Lively, vibrant and juicy, with raspberry, floral and green pepper-corn flavors that zip easily across the refined tannins, finishing pointed and persistent. Drink now through 2022. –H.S."
- Wine Spectator (October 2014), 91 pts
"Assertive red fruit and floral pastille aromas show very good energy and focus, with a spicy element adding complexity. Juicy and pliant on the palate, offering gently sweet, nicely concentrated raspberry and cherry flavors and a hint of allspice. Subtle tannins build slowly on the long, smooth finish. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (October 2015), 91 pts