2009 Estate Merlot, Hawley Vineyard
The 2009 vintage produced outstanding wines, potentially rivaling those from 2007. Abundant spring rains and a relatively temperate growing season produced excellent fruit quality. The mild weather allowed for a slow maturation; which led to great flavors, intense aromas, and good acidity. A warm September ensured that our grapes were picked before the October rains arrived.
Our organic hillside vineyards lend themselves to making big, full-bodied wines. From the top of our vineyard, you can see from one end of the valley to the other. Merlot vines are a vigorous variety, and given abundant water and nutrients they will produce excessive crop and foliage– exactly the opposite of what we want to make quality wine. By planting the vines in rocky hillside ground, we force the vines to toil and produce smaller crops and berries. The small berries give us intense flavor with concentrated tannins and acidity, perfect for aging. The thinner leaf growth allows for more sun exposure to develop ripe flavor and darker color. The 2009 shows off a great vintage as well as the concentration that distinguishes mountain grown fruit.
Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, and plum fill the glass; with notes of coffee, cedar, and vanilla oak from 30 months aging in 40% new French oak barrels. This wine is ready to drink now and will continue to hold for an additional 5 years.
Case Production - 225 cases