2013 Estate Merlot, Hawley Vineyard
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Our organic hillside vineyards lend themselves to making big, full-bodied wines. Merlot vines are a vigorous variety, 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.
2020 Update: Although it is still not aged as long as it is structured to be, the extra 24 months in the bottle have developed absolutely delightful nuances in the 2013 Estate Merlot. Our rugged, estate fruit is grown on East-facing hillside slopes which tend to develop a higher tannin and acidity in the berries. Because of these attributes, we barrel age the wines longer and recommend cellaring them 4-5 years before opening the bottles. This wine represents our estate perfectly and our patience has paid off!
Pop open a bottle and check out the tartrate crystals, aka "wine diamonds" and sediment on the cork. These are a good sign of a red wine that has gone through some proper bottle aging! The wine is a deep crimson, with a brick-red hue. Notes of black currant, slate and dried plum unfold in the glass. Dark, earthy and brambly flavors mingle within a rich mouthfeel and hints of cigar box, leather and black cherry. The very long finish unveils even more layers of complexity and will make you wish you had a few more bottles of Hawley Estate Merlot in your cellar.
Cases Produced: 154
We imagine this vintage as a Hawley version of a classic right bank Bordeaux style blend. Our 2013 Merlot is comprised of 75% merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc and displays aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and blackberry. Smooth and velvety mouthfeel with flavors of rose hips, cedar and hints of savory herbs filling out the palate, making this a stand-up pairing with rosemary lamb, earthy mushrooms or filet mignon. Decant for an hour or so to show off the complexity of this delicious Merlot.