2013 Estate Merlot, Hawley Vineyard 1.5L Magnum
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.
Only 6 large formats were bottled!
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.