The intense color previews the jammy aromas of vanilla, dark berry fruit, fig and dried tobacco. Dark fruit flavors of black raspberry, black cherry with notes of vanilla bean are supported by gripping tannins and a long finish.
A red wine grape long associated with Cabernet Sauvignon, either by being blended with it or being compared to it. Merlot is a wine of lower acidity and tannin than Cabernet Sauvignon and in the mouth it has a texture which is soft and round.
Fruit from Long Island was vinified with pump-overs for gentle extraction of color and tannins. A two week maceration was followed by malolactic fermentation and barrel aging.